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Any of various barnacles having a fleshy stalk that attaches to rocks or floating objects such as ships' hulls. Also called gooseneck barnacle.
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(Animals) any barnacle of the genus Lepas, living attached by a stalk to pieces of wood, having long feathery appendages (cirri) and flattened shells
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bar•na•cle(ˈbɑr nə kəl)
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)]
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|Noun||1.||goose 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
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