Barnacle-goose meaning

A waterfowl (Branta leucopsis) of northern Europe and Greenland that breeds in the Arctic and has a white face with a black streak between the eyes and bill.
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A European wild goose (Branta leucopsis)
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A black and white species of bird from the northern hemisphere, Branta leucopsis.
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Origin of barnacle-goose

  • Earlier barnacle barnacle
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
  • Because this goose nests in the far north, Europeans never saw its chicks, and invented a theory that the goose barnacle is the larval form of the barnacle goose.
    From Wiktionary