Bernicle
Bernicle Ber"ni*cle, n. [OE. bernak, bernacle; cf. OF. bernac; prob. fr. LL. bernacula for hibernicula, bernicula, fr. Hibernia; the birds coming from Hibernia or Ireland. Cf. 1st {Barnacle}.] A bernicle goose. [Written also {barnacle}.] [1913 Webster]

{Bernicle goose} (Zo["o]l.), a goose ({Branta leucopsis}), of Arctic Europe and America. It was formerly believed that it hatched from the cirripeds of the sea ({Lepas}), which were, therefore, called barnacles, goose barnacles, or Anatifers. The name is also applied to other related species. See {Anatifa} and {Cirripedia}. [1913 Webster]


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  • bernicle — [ bɛrnikl ] ou bernique [ bɛrnik ] n. f. • 1742; bret. bernic ♦ Patelle. « Nous prenions les berniques au bout de nos couteaux, et nous les mangions toutes vivantes » (Loti). bernicle [bɛʀnikl] ou bernique [bɛʀnik] n. f. ÉTYM. 1742; …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • bernicle — (bèr ni kl ) s. f. 1°   Bernicle, oie bernicle, dite vulgairement cravan. 2°   Sorte de coquille univalve (patella, L.). ÉTYMOLOGIE    Autre forme de bernacle …   Dictionnaire de la Langue Française d'Émile Littré

  • bernicle — ˈbərnə̇kəl noun or bernicle goose ( s) Etymology: Middle French : barnacle goose …   Useful english dictionary

  • bernicle — ber·ni·cle …   English syllables

  • bernicle —   n. barnacle goose …   Dictionary of difficult words

  • Bernicle goose — Bernicle Ber ni*cle, n. [OE. bernak, bernacle; cf. OF. bernac; prob. fr. LL. bernacula for hibernicula, bernicula, fr. Hibernia; the birds coming from Hibernia or Ireland. Cf. 1st {Barnacle}.] A bernicle goose. [Written also {barnacle}.] [1913… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • bernicle goose — [bʉr′ni kəl] n. BARNACLE GOOSE * * * …   Universalium

  • bernicle goose — [bʉr′ni kəl] n. BARNACLE GOOSE …   English World dictionary

  • bernicle goose — noun see bernicle …   Useful english dictionary

  • bernicle goose — /ˈbɜnɪkəl gus/ (say bernikuhl goohs) noun → barnacle goose …   Australian English dictionary

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