Anatiferous
Anatiferous An`a*tif"er*ous, a. [L. anas, anatis, a duck + -ferous.] (Zo["o]l.) Producing ducks; -- applied to Anatif[ae], under the absurd notion of their turning into ducks or geese. See {Barnacle}. [1913 Webster]

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  • anatiferous — adjective Producing ducks. Formerly used of barnacles, since it was believed that they produced ducks and geese. If there be anatiferous trees, whose corruption breaks forth into barnacles; yet, if they corrupt, they degenerate into maggots,… …   Wiktionary

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  • Anatifa — A*nat i*fa, n.; pl. {Anatif[ae]}. [NL., contr. fr. anatifera. See {Anatiferous}.] (Zo[ o]l.) An animal of the barnacle tribe, of the genus {Lepas}, having a fleshy stem or peduncle; a goose barnacle. See {Cirripedia}. [1913 Webster] Note: The… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Anatifae — Anatifa A*nat i*fa, n.; pl. {Anatif[ae]}. [NL., contr. fr. anatifera. See {Anatiferous}.] (Zo[ o]l.) An animal of the barnacle tribe, of the genus {Lepas}, having a fleshy stem or peduncle; a goose barnacle. See {Cirripedia}. [1913 Webster] Note …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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