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for barber surgery
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :
Barber \Bar"ber\ (b[aum]r"b[~e]r), n. [OE. barbour, OF. barbeor,
F. barbier, as if fr. an assumed L. barbator, fr. barba
beard. See 1st Barb.]
One whose occupation it is to shave or trim the beard, and to
cut and dress the hair of his patrons.
Barber's itch. See under Itch.
Note: Formerly the barber practiced some offices of surgery,
such as letting blood and pulling teeth. Hence such
terms as barber surgeon (old form
barber surgery, etc.
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