Origin of barnacle gooseso named from the popular notion that it grew from the crustacean: see barnacle
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.
Origin of barnacle gooseEarlier barnacle ; see barnacle .
(plural barnacle geese)
- A black and white species of bird from the northern hemisphere, Branta leucopsis.
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.