What does barnacle mean?

Definitions for barnacleˈbɑr nə kəl

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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


  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


  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.]


  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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  1. Ryan Pearson:

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

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