barnacle goose


barnacle goose

noun

Definition of BARNACLE GOOSE

:  a European goose (Branta leucopsis) that has a whitish face and black breast and breeds in the arctic

First Known Use of BARNACLE GOOSE

1768

barnacle goose

noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Species (Branta leucopsis) of waterbird that resembles a small Canada goose, with dark back, white face, and black neck and bib. It winters in the northern British Isles and on the coasts of Denmark, Germany, and the Netherlands. In the Middle Ages, it was thought to hatch from barnacles, and thus was considered “fish” and could be eaten on Fridays.

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