goose barnacle

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goose barnacle

n.
Any of various barnacles having a fleshy stalk that attaches to rocks or floating objects such as ships' hulls. Also called gooseneck barnacle.

goose barnacle

n
(Animals) any barnacle of the genus Lepas, living attached by a stalk to pieces of wood, having long feathery appendages (cirri) and flattened shells

bar•na•cle

(ˈbɑr nə kəl)

n.
1. any marine crustacean of the subclass Cirripedia, having a shell made up of separate plates, being either stalked (goose barnacle) and attaching itself to ship bottoms and floating timber, or stalkless (rock barnacle).
2. one that clings tenaciously.
[1580–85; perhaps a conflation of barnacle barnacle goose with Cornish brennyk limpet (or Celtic cognates)]
bar′na•cled, adj.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.goose barnacle - stalked barnacle that attaches to ship bottoms or floating timbersgoose barnacle - stalked barnacle that attaches to ship bottoms or floating timbers
barnacle, cirriped, cirripede - marine crustaceans with feathery food-catching appendages; free-swimming as larvae; as adults form a hard shell and live attached to submerged surfaces
genus Lepas, Lepas - type genus of the family Lepadidae
References in periodicals archive ?
Dwarf males of Octolasmis warwickii (Cirripedia: Thoracica): the first example of coexistence of males and hermaphrodites in the suborder Lepadomorpha.
In the superorder Thoracica, dwarf males have so far been reported in the suborders Balanomorpha, Iblomorpha, Scalpellomorpha, and Heteralepadomorpha, but not in Lepadomorpha or Verrucomorpha (Klepal, 1985, 1987; Hoeg, 1995).
The goose barnacles of the genus Octolasmis that are under study here are members of the Lepadomorpha (Zevina, 1982), and they differ from other barnacles in several important ways.