Barnacle, 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.].
Barnacle eater (Zoöl.), the orange filefish. -- Barnacle scale (Zoöl.), a bark louse (Ceroplastes cirripediformis) of the orange and quince trees in Florida. The female scale curiously resembles a sessile barnacle in form.
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, n. [OE. bernak, bernacle; cf. OF. bernac, and Prov. F. (Berri) berniques, spectacles.].
1 any of various species of small marine crustaceans of the class Cirripedia which in adult form cling to rocks, ships' bottoms, etc.
2 a tenacious attendant or follower who cannot easily be shaken off.
barnacle goose an Arctic goose, Branta leucopsis, which visits Britain in winter.
ME bernak (= med.L bernaca), of unkn. orig.
adherent, adhesive, beat, bloodsucker, bramble, brier, bulldog, burr, cement, deadbeat, decal, decalcomania, freeloader, glue, gunk, hanger-on, leech, limpet, lounge lizard, molasses, mucilage, parasite, paste, plaster, prickle, remora, smell-feast, spiv, sponge, sponger, sticker, sucker, syrup, thorn