Even in a single language, there may be a number of different words used for a dog’s bark, for example, in English, we recognize “woof-woof,” “arf-arf”, “ruff-ruff” and “bow-wow.” Many languages also have different words for the barks of large versus small dogs, thus “yip-yip” or “yap-yap” are used in English for the
What is the meaning of bark?
A bark is the loud, sharp sound a dog makes. Bark is both a noun and a verb: if your dog is known for his noisy bark, it means that he barks all the time. There is also the type of bark that covers the trunk of a tree, and yet another bark, an old-fashioned word for a masted ship.
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