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.
A European wild goose (Branta leucopsis)
A black and white species of bird from the northern hemisphere, Branta leucopsis.
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.