barnacle

noun bar·na·cle \ ˈbär-ni-kəl \
Updated on: 30 Nov 2017

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

barnacled

play \-kəld\ adjective

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Origin and Etymology of barnacle

Middle English barnakille, alteration of bernake, bernekke

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BARNACLE Defined for English Language Learners

barnacle

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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

noun bar·na·cle \ ˈbär-ni-kəl \

Definition of barnacle for Students

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


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