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Meaning of BARNACLE

Pronunciation:  'bârnukul

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  European goose smaller than the brant; breeds in the far north
  2. [n]  marine crustaceans with feathery food-catching appendages; free-swimming as larvae; as adults form a hard shell and live attached to submerged surfaces

BARNACLE is a 8 letter word that starts with B.


 Synonyms: barnacle goose, Branta leucopsis, cerriped, cerripede
 See Also: acorn barnacle, Balanus balanoides, Branta, Cirripedia, crustacean, genus Branta, goose, goose barnacle, Lepas fascicularis, rock barnacle, subclass Cirripedia



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \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,
    limpet.] (Zo["o]l.)
    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.
  2. \Bar"na*cle\, n. [See {Bernicle}.]
    A bernicle goose.
  3. \Bar"na*cle\, n. [OE. bernak, bernacle; cf. OF. bernac,
    and Prov. F. (Berri) berniques, spectacles.]
    1. pl. (Far.) An instrument for pinching a horse's nose, and
       thus restraining him.
    Note: [Formerly used in the sing.]
                The barnacles . . . give pain almost equal to
                that of the switch.                --Youatt.
    2. pl. Spectacles; -- so called from their resemblance to the
       barnacles used by farriers. [Cant, Eng.] --Dickens.
Thesaurus Terms
 Related Terms: adherent, adhesive, beat, bloodsucker, bramble, brier, bulldog, burr, cement, deadbeat, decal, decalcomania, freeloader, glue, gunk, hanger-on, leech, limpet, lounge lizard, molasses, mucilage, parasite, paste, plaster, prickle, remora, smell-feast, spiv, sponge, sponger, sticker, sucker, syrup, thorn