Origin of barnacle1
Definition for barnacle (2 of 2)
Origin of barnacle2
Examples from the Web for barnacle
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Now this young fellow's father married a Stiltstalking and his father married his cousin who was a Barnacle.
To have got the whole Barnacle family together would have been impossible for two reasons.
The author then quotes the passage from Gerard where mention is made of the Barnacle.
The effect of that upon young Barnacle was to make him a wonderful spectacle of failure and helplessness.
Barnacle junior stared at him until his eye-glass fell out, and then put it in again and stared at him until it fell out again.
British Dictionary definitions for barnacle
Word Origin for barnacle
Word Origin and History for barnacle
early 13c., "species of wild goose;" as a type of "shellfish," first recorded 1580s. Often derived from a Celtic source (cf. Breton bernik, a kind of shellfish), but the application to the goose predates that of the shellfish in English. The goose nests in the Arctic in summer and returns to Europe in the winter, hence the mystery surrounding its reproduction. It was believed in ancient superstition to hatch from barnacle's shell, possibly because the crustacean's feathery stalks resemble goose down. The scientific name of the crustacean, Cirripedes, is from Greek cirri "curls of hair" + pedes "feet."