- Tuft of strong filaments by which e.g. a mussel makes itself fast to a fixed surface
- Hairy growth on or near the face of certain mammals
- The hair growing on the lower part of a man's face
- A person who diverts suspicion from someone (especially a woman who accompanies a male homosexual in order to conceal his homosexuality)
- A tuft or growth of hairs or bristles on certain plants such as iris or grasses
- Go along the rim, like a beard around the chin; "Houses bearded the top of the heights"