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BARNACLE

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does barnacle mean? 

BARNACLE (noun)
  The noun BARNACLE has 2 senses:

1. marine crustaceans with feathery food-catching appendages; free-swimming as larvae; as adults form a hard shell and live attached to submerged surfaces
2. European goose smaller than the brant; breeds in the far north

  Familiarity information: BARNACLE used as a noun is rare.


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BARNACLE (noun)


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Meaning:

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

Classified under:

Nouns denoting animals

Synonyms:

barnacle; cerriped; cerripede

Hypernyms ("barnacle" is a kind of...):

crustacean (any mainly aquatic arthropod usually having a segmented body and chitinous exoskeleton)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "barnacle"):

acorn barnacle; Balanus balanoides; rock barnacle (barnacle that attaches to rocks especially in intertidal zones)

goose barnacle; gooseneck barnacle; Lepas fascicularis (stalked barnacle that attaches to ship bottoms or floating timbers)

Holonyms ("barnacle" is a member of...):

Cirripedia; subclass Cirripedia (barnacles)


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Meaning:

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

Classified under:

Nouns denoting animals

Synonyms:

barnacle goose; Branta leucopsis; barnacle

Hypernyms ("barnacle" is a kind of...):

goose (web-footed long-necked typically gregarious migratory aquatic birds usually larger and less aquatic than ducks)

Holonyms ("barnacle" is a member of...):

Branta; genus Branta (wild geese)


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