barnacle

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noun bar·na·cle \ˈbär-ni-kəl\

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

barnacled

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Origin and Etymology of barnacle

Middle English barnakille, alteration of bernake, bernekke


First Known Use: 15th century

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BARNACLE Defined for English Language Learners

barnacle

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noun bar·na·cle \ˈbär-ni-kəl\

Definition of barnacle for English Language Learners

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


BARNACLE Defined for Kids

barnacle

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noun bar·na·cle \ˈbär-ni-kəl\

Definition of barnacle for Students

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



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