See under barnacle1(def 1).
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Origin of rock barnacle
First recorded in 1880–85
Definition for rock barnacle (2 of 2)
[ bahr-nuh-kuh l ]
/ ˈbɑr nə kəl /
any marine crustacean of the subclass Cirripedia, usually having a calcareous shell, being either stalked (goose barnacle) and attaching itself to ship bottoms and floating timber, or stalkless (rock barnacle or acorn barnacle) and attaching itself to rocks, especially in the intertidal zone.
a person or thing that clings tenaciously.
Origin of barnacle1
1580–85; perhaps a conflation of barnacle barnacle goose with Cornish brennyk, Irish báirneach limpet, Welsh brenig limpets, reflecting the folk belief that such geese, whose breeding grounds were unknown, were engendered from rotten ships' planking
Related formsbar·na·cled, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for rock barnacle
/ (ˈbɑːnəkəl) /
Derived Formsbarnacled, adjective
Word Origin for barnacle
C16: related to Late Latin bernicla, of obscure origin
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Science definitions for rock barnacle
[ bär′nə-kəl ]
Any of various small marine crustaceans of the subclass Cirripedia that form a hard shell in the adult stage and attach themselves to underwater surfaces, such as rocks, the bottoms of ships, and the skin of whales.
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