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Definition of barnacle
BarnacleBarnacle Bar"na*cle, n. [See Bernicle.]
A bernicle goose. BarnacleBarnacle Bar"na*cle, n. [Prob. from E. barnacle a kind of
goose, which was popularly supposed to grow from this
shellfish; but perh. from LL. bernacula for pernacula, dim.
of perna ham, sea mussel; cf. Gr. ? ham Cf. F. bernacle,
barnacle, E. barnacle a goose; and Ir. bairneach, barneach,
Any cirriped crustacean adhering to rocks, floating timber,
ships, etc., esp.
(a) the sessile species (genus Balanus and allies), and
(b) the stalked or goose barnacles (genus Lepas and
allies). See Cirripedia, and Goose barnacle.
Barnacle eater (Zo["o]l.), the orange filefish.
Barnacle scale (Zo["o]l.), a bark louse (Ceroplastes
cirripediformis) of the orange and quince trees in
Florida. The female scale curiously resembles a sessile
barnacle in form. barnacleBernicle Ber"ni*cle, n. [OE. bernak, bernacle; cf. OF. bernac;
prob. fr. LL. bernacula for hibernicula, bernicula, fr.
Hibernia; the birds coming from Hibernia or Ireland. Cf. 1st
A bernicle goose. [Written also barnacle.]
Bernicle goose (Zo["o]l.), a goose (Branta leucopsis), of
Arctic Europe and America. It was formerly believed that
it hatched from the cirripeds of the sea (Lepas), which
were, therefore, called barnacles, goose barnacles, or
Anatifers. The name is also applied to other related
species. See Anatifa and Cirripedia.
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