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barnacle

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noun bar·na·cle \ˈbär-ni-kəl\

Simple Definition of barnacle

  • : a kind of small shellfish that attaches itself to rocks and the bottoms of boats underwater

Full Definition of barnacle

  1. 1 :  barnacle goose

  2. 2 [from a popular belief that the goose grew from the crustacean] :  any of numerous marine crustaceans (subclass Cirripedia) with feathery appendages for gathering food that are free-swimming as larvae but permanently fixed (as to rocks, boat hulls, or whales) as adults

bar·na·cled play \-kəld\ adjective

Illustration of barnacle

Origin of barnacle

Middle English barnakille, alteration of bernake, bernekke


First Known Use: 15th century

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