Barnacle
Barnacle Bar"na*cle, n. [OE. bernak, bernacle; cf. OF. bernac, and Prov. F. (Berri) berniques, spectacles.] 1. pl. (Far.) An instrument for pinching a horse's nose, and thus restraining him.

Note: [Formerly used in the sing.] [1913 Webster]

The barnacles . . . give pain almost equal to that of the switch. --Youatt. [1913 Webster]

2. pl. Spectacles; -- so called from their resemblance to the barnacles used by farriers. [Cant, Eng.] --Dickens. [1913 Webster]


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