Barnacle eater
Barnacle Bar"na*cle, n. [Prob. from E. barnacle a kind of goose, which was popularly supposed to grow from this shellfish; but perh. from LL. bernacula for pernacula, dim. of perna ham, sea mussel; cf. Gr. pe`rna ham. Cf. F. bernacle, barnacle, E. barnacle a goose; and Ir. bairneach, barneach, limpet.] (Zo["o]l.) 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}. [1913 Webster]

{Barnacle eater} (Zo["o]l.), the orange filefish.

{Barnacle scale} (Zo["o]l.), a bark louse ({Ceroplastes cirripediformis}) of the orange and quince trees in Florida. The female scale curiously resembles a sessile barnacle in form. [1913 Webster]


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  • Barnacle — Bar na*cle, n. [Prob. from E. barnacle a kind of goose, which was popularly supposed to grow from this shellfish; but perh. from LL. bernacula for pernacula, dim. of perna ham, sea mussel; cf. Gr. pe rna ham. Cf. F. bernacle, barnacle, E.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Barnacle scale — Barnacle Bar na*cle, n. [Prob. from E. barnacle a kind of goose, which was popularly supposed to grow from this shellfish; but perh. from LL. bernacula for pernacula, dim. of perna ham, sea mussel; cf. Gr. pe rna ham. Cf. F. bernacle, barnacle, E …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Ceroplastes cirripediformis — Barnacle Bar na*cle, n. [Prob. from E. barnacle a kind of goose, which was popularly supposed to grow from this shellfish; but perh. from LL. bernacula for pernacula, dim. of perna ham, sea mussel; cf. Gr. pe rna ham. Cf. F. bernacle, barnacle, E …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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