Variant of barnacle
- barnacle goose
- any member of various orders of saltwater cirriped crustaceans that cement themselves to rocks, wharves, ship bottoms, etc. and to other animals, as whales, after a free-swimming larval stage
- a person or thing hard to get rid of
Origin: Middle English bernacle, earlier bernak ; from Middle Irish bairnech and amp; Breton bernik, kind of shellfish: ultimately via Gaulish an unverified form berna, split ; from Indo-European base an unverified form bher-, to slit
- barnacled adjective
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