Definitions for barnacleˈbɑr nə kəl

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

bar•na•cleˈbɑr nə kəl(n.)

  1. any marine crustacean of the subclass Cirripedia, having a shell made up of separate plates, being either stalked

    Category: Invertebrates

    Ref: ( goose barnacle ); ( rock barnacle )

  2. one that clings tenaciously.

Origin of barnacle:

1580–85; perh. a conflation of barnaclebarnacle goose with Cornish brennyk limpet (or Celtic cognates)

bar′na•cled(adj.)

Princeton's WordNet

  1. barnacle, cirriped, cirripede(noun)

    marine crustaceans with feathery food-catching appendages; free-swimming as larvae; as adults form a hard shell and live attached to submerged surfaces

  2. barnacle goose, barnacle, Branta leucopsis(noun)

    European goose smaller than the brant; breeds in the far north

Wiktionary

  1. barnacle(Noun)

    A marine crustacean of the subclass Cirripedia that attaches itself to submerged surfaces such as tidal rocks or the bottoms of ships.

  2. barnacle(Noun)

    The barnacle goose.

  3. barnacle(Noun)

    In electrical engineering, a change made to a product on the manufacturing floor that was not part of the original product design.

  4. barnacle(Noun)

    On printed circuit boards, a change such as soldering a wire in order to connect two points, or addition such as an added resistor or capacitor, subassembly or daughterboard.

  5. barnacle(Noun)

    An instrument like a pair of pincers, to fix on the nose of a vicious horse while shoeing so as to make it more tractable.

  6. barnacle(Noun)

    A nickname for spectacles.

  7. barnacle(Noun)

    A good job, or snack easily obtained.

  8. barnacle(Verb)

    To connect with or attach.

  9. barnacle(Verb)

    To press close against something.

  10. Origin: From barnakille, from earlier bernake, bernekke, from bernaque, from (compare brennig, báirneac), from (compare barenn); for sense development, compare λέπας which gave λεπάς.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Barnacle(noun)

    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

  2. Barnacle(noun)

    a bernicle goose

  3. Barnacle(noun)

    an instrument for pinching a horse's nose, and thus restraining him

  4. Barnacle

    spectacles; -- so called from their resemblance to the barnacles used by farriers

Freebase

  1. Barnacle

    A barnacle is a type of arthropod belonging to infraclass Cirripedia in the subphylum Crustacea, and is hence related to crabs and lobsters. Barnacles are exclusively marine, and tend to live in shallow and tidal waters, typically in erosive settings. They are sessile suspension feeders, and have two nektonic larval stages. Around 1,220 barnacle species are currently known. The name "Cirripedia" is Latin, meaning "curl-footed".


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Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary

barnacle(noun)

a kind of small shellfish that sticks to rocks and the bottoms of ships.

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