Bal·​a·​nus | \ ˈbalənəs \

Definition of Balanus

: a very large genus (the type of the family Balanidae) of barnacles comprising the sessile acorn barnacles and including littoral and deepwater forms some of which cause destructive fouling of ships and of underwater cables

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First Known Use of Balanus

1728, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for Balanus

New Latin, from Latin, acorn, from Greek balanos

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“Balanus.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 Aug. 2020.

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