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ˈbɑr nə kəlBar·na·cle

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. barnacle, cirriped, cirripedenoun

    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 leucopsisnoun

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


  1. barnaclenoun

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

  2. barnaclenoun

    The barnacle goose.

  3. barnaclenoun

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

  4. barnaclenoun

    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. barnaclenoun

    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. barnaclenoun

    A nickname for spectacles.

  7. barnaclenoun

    A good job, or snack easily obtained.

  8. barnacleverb

    To connect with or attach.

  9. barnacleverb

    To press close against something.

  10. Etymology: 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. Barnaclenoun

    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. Barnaclenoun

    a bernicle goose

  3. Barnaclenoun

    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


  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".

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Barnacle

    bär′na-kl, n. a shellfish which adheres to rocks and the bottoms of ships: a companion who sticks closely.—n. Bar′nacle-goose, a species of wild goose belonging to the Northern seas, so called from a notion that they were produced from the barnacles mentioned. [O. Fr. bernaque—Low L. bernaca; by some referred to a supposed form pernacula, dim. of perna, a kind of shellfish; by others to a Celtic origin.]

  2. Barnacle

    bär′na-kl, n. an instrument consisting of two branches joined by a hinge, placed on the nose of horses to keep them quiet: (pl.) a colloquial term for 'spectacles.'—adj. Bar′nacled. [O. Fr. bernac, of which bernacle seems to be a dim. form. The sense of 'spectacles' has been traced to O. Fr. bericle, eye-glass—berillus, beryl; but this is improbable.]

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. barnacle

    (Lepas anatifera). A species of shell-fish, often found sticking by its pedicle to the bottom of ships, doing no other injury than deadening the way a little: "Barnacles, termed soland geese In th' islands of the Orcades."--Hudibras. They were formerly supposed to produce the barnacle-goose! (vide old cyclopedias): the poet, however, was too good a naturalist to believe this, but here, as in many other places, he means to banter some of the papers which were published by the first establishers of the Royal Society. The shell is compressed and multivalve. The tentacula are long and pectinated like a feather, whence arose the fable of their becoming geese. They belong to the order of Cirripeds.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Barnacle in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Barnacle in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

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    Barnacle shells ... can tell us valuable information about the water conditions under which they were formed.

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