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barnacle


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  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Barnacle  \Bar"na*cle\,  n.  [See  {Bernicle}.] 
  A  bernicle  goose. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Barnacle  \Bar"na*cle\,  n.  [OE.  bernak  bernacle;  cf  OF  bernac 
  and  Prov.  F.  (Berri)  berniques  spectacles.] 
  1.  pl  (Far.)  An  instrument  for  pinching  a  horse's  nose,  and 
  thus  restraining  him 
 
  Note:  [Formerly  used  in  the  sing.] 
 
  The  barnacles  .  .  .  give  pain  almost  equal  to 
  that  of  the  switch.  --Youatt. 
 
  2.  pl  Spectacles;  --  so  called  from  their  resemblance  to  the 
  barnacles  used  by  farriers.  [Cant,  Eng.]  --Dickens. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Barnacle  \Bar"na*cle\,  n.  [Prob.  from  E.  barnacle  a  kind  of 
  goose,  which  was  popularly  supposed  to  grow  from  this 
  shellfish;  but  perh.  from  LL  bernacula  for  pernacula  dim. 
  of  perna  ham,  sea  mussel;  cf  Gr  ?  ham  Cf  F.  bernacle, 
  barnacle,  E.  barnacle  a  goose;  and  Ir  bairneach  barneach 
  limpet.]  (Zo["o]l.) 
  Any  cirriped  crustacean  adhering  to  rocks,  floating  timber, 
  ships,  etc.,  esp. 
  a  the  sessile  species  (genus  {Balanus}  and  allies),  and 
  b  the  stalked  or  goose  barnacles  (genus  {Lepas}  and 
  allies).  See  {Cirripedia},  and  {Goose  barnacle}. 
 
  {Barnacle  eater}  (Zo["o]l.),  the  orange  filefish. 
 
  {Barnacle  scale}  (Zo["o]l.),  a  bark  louse  ({Ceroplastes 
  cirripediformis})  of  the  orange  and  quince  trees  in 
  Florida.  The  female  scale  curiously  resembles  a  sessile 
  barnacle  in  form 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Bernicle  \Ber"ni*cle\,  n.  [OE.  bernak  bernacle;  cf  OF  bernac 
  prob.  fr  LL  bernacula  for  hibernicula  bernicula  fr 
  Hibernia;  the  birds  coming  from  Hibernia  or  Ireland.  Cf  1st 
  {Barnacle}.] 
  A  bernicle  goose.  [Written  also  {barnacle}.] 
 
  {Bernicle  goose}  (Zo["o]l.),  a  goose  ({Branta  leucopsis}),  of 
  Arctic  Europe  and  America.  It  was  formerly  believed  that 
  it  hatched  from  the  cirripeds  of  the  sea  ({Lepas}),  which 
  were  therefore,  called  barnacles,  goose  barnacles,  or 
  Anatifers  The  name  is  also  applied  to  other  related 
  species.  See  {Anatifa}  and  {Cirripedia}. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  barnacle 
  n  1:  marine  crustaceans  with  feathery  food-catching  appendages; 
  free-swimming  as  larvae;  as  adults  form  a  hard  shell  and 
  live  attached  to  submerged  surfaces  [syn:  {cerriped},  {cerripede}] 
  2:  European  goose  smaller  than  the  brant;  breeds  in  the  far 
  north  [syn:  {barnacle  goose},  {Branta  leucopsis}] 




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