barnacle

noun
bar·​na·​cle | \ ˈbär-ni-kəl How to pronounce barnacle (audio) \

Definition of barnacle

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

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barnacle 2: 1 peduncle, 2 cirri

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Other Words from barnacle

barnacled \ ˈbär-​ni-​kəld How to pronounce barnacled (audio) \ adjective

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The experience of a simple meal of oysters, clams, scallops and gooseneck barnacles comes very close to sampling the sea in its purest form. Tom Downey, WSJ, "A Spanish Food and Wine Region Comes Alive Again," 6 Dec. 2018 There are huddles of the Spanish delicacy percebes (goose barnacles); clusters of indigo mussels clinging to black metamorphic nobs. Tamar Adler, Vogue, "Is Seaweed the Perfect Food?," 15 Feb. 2019 Parasitoids are known for manipulating the behavior of their hosts to gain an evolutionary advantage (think tapeworms, fleas and ticks, barnacles, Chinese liver flukes). Jill Kiedaisch, Popular Mechanics, "A Brazilian Wasp Exhibits Mind Control Over Unsuspecting Spiders," 30 Nov. 2018 On Silicon Valley Zach Woods plays a gentle, vest-wearing startup barnacle named Jared, whose dark past emerges in improvised quips. Lauren Larson, GQ, "Zach Woods in the Woods," 31 May 2018 Nearly all the drug candidates have targeted one of the key hallmarks of Alzheimer’s: amyloid plaques, the barnacle-like proteins long considered the main culprits behind the disease. Linda Marsa, Discover Magazine, "A New Treatment for Alzheimer's? It Starts With Lifestyle," 16 Nov. 2018 Photo: Charles Krebs An acorn barnacle, magnified five times, is seen in a photo taken by Charles Krebs. Daniela Hernandez, WSJ, "From Tears to Spider Embryos: Photos Reveal World’s Microscopic Wonders," 12 Oct. 2018 But the Declaration of Independence invites speculation, accruing apocryphal stories like a ship attracts barnacles. Stephan Salisbury, Philly.com, "Rare version of the Declaration of Independence on display at the Museum of the American Revolution just in time for July 4th," 26 June 2018 While Galicia is famed for its seafoods, the menus focus mainly on octopus, various types of shellfish and their coveted delicacy, barnacles. Doug Hansen, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Hiking Spain's wild coast," 12 July 2018

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First Known Use of barnacle

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for barnacle

Middle English barnakille, alteration of bernake, bernekke

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barnacle

noun

English Language Learners Definition of barnacle

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

barnacle

noun
bar·​na·​cle | \ ˈbär-ni-kəl How to pronounce barnacle (audio) \

Kids Definition of barnacle

: a small saltwater crustacean that becomes permanently attached (as to rocks or the bottoms of boats) as an adult

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