: 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 WebOn this evening, the vixen arrived with a barnacle goose.
Alan Taylor, The Atlantic, 14 Oct. 2020 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, 28 Mar. 2019 Not uncommonly, a whole barnacle goose brood may be lost.
National Geographic, 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, 29 June 2018
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