meaning of barnacle

barnacle meaning in General Dictionary

A bernicle goose

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  • a guitar for pinching a horses nostrils and so restraining him
  • Any cirriped crustacean sticking with stones drifting wood vessels etc esp a the sessile types genus Balanus and allies and b the stalked or goose barnacles genus Lepas and allies See Cirripedia and Goose barnacle
  • marine crustaceans with feathery food-catching appendages; free-swimming as larvae; as grownups form a tough layer and live mounted on submerged areas
  • European goose smaller than the brant; breeds into the far north
  • Any cirriped crustacean sticking with rocks, drifting wood, boats, 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.
  • A bernicle goose.
  • a musical instrument for pinching a horse's nose, and thusu000du000a restraining him.
  • Spectacles; -- so called from their resemblance towards the barnacles utilized by farriers.

barnacle meaning in Etymology Dictionary

early 13c., "types of wild-goose;" as a form of "shellfish," first recorded 1580s. Frequently based on a Celtic resource (compare Breton bernik, some sort of shellfish), but the application to your goose predates that of the shellfish in English. The goose nests inside Arctic during the summer and comes back to Europe in winter, thus the mystery surrounding its reproduction. It had been thought in ancient superstition to hatch from barnacle's shell, perhaps due to the fact crustacean's feathery stalks resemble goose down. The scientific title associated with the crustacean, Cirripedes, is from Greek cirri "curls of hair" + pedes "feet."


barnacle meaning in General Dictionary

(n.) A bernicle goose.

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  • (n.) An instrument for pinching a horse's nose, and therefore restraining him.
  • (sing.) Spectacles; -- so called from their particular similarity towards the barnacles utilized by farriers.