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

Examples of barnacle goose in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Life is harsh for barnacle geese, which must contend with Arctic temperatures and protect their young from predators like foxes by nesting on high ledges and cliffs. National Geographic, "Why day-old geese jump off cliffs—and how some survive," 28 Mar. 2019 Not uncommonly, a whole barnacle goose brood may be lost. National Geographic, "Why day-old geese jump off cliffs—and how some survive," 28 Mar. 2019 Then Mildred, a 24-year-old barnacle goose, wobbled painfully across the floor as veterinarians analyzed her gait. Karen Weintraub, New York Times, "Doctor, Your Patient Is Waiting. It’s a Red Panda.," 29 June 2018

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First Known Use of barnacle goose

1668, in the meaning defined above

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“Barnacle goose.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/barnacle%20goose. Accessed 4 Aug. 2020.

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