acorn barnacle

a·corn bar·na·cle
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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [ey-kawrn, ey-kern bahr-nuh-kuh l]
    • /ˈeɪ kɔrn, ˈeɪ kərn ˈbɑr nə kəl/
    • /ˈeɪ.kɔːn ˈbɑː.nə.kl̩/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [ey-kawrn, ey-kern bahr-nuh-kuh l]
    • /ˈeɪ kɔrn, ˈeɪ kərn ˈbɑr nə kəl/

Definitions of acorn barnacle words

  • noun acorn barnacle any of various barnacles, such as Balanus balanoides, that live attached to rocks and have a volcano-shaped shell from the top of which protrude feathery food-catching appendages (cirri) 3
  • noun acorn barnacle any of a genus (Balanus) of stalkless barnacles that resemble acorns 3
  • noun acorn barnacle any marine crustacean of the subclass Cirripedia, usually having a calcareous shell, being either stalked (goose barnacle) and attaching itself to ship bottoms and floating timber, or stalkless (rock barnacle or acorn barnacle) and attaching itself to rocks, especially in the intertidal zone. 1
  • noun acorn barnacle a person or thing that clings tenaciously. 1
  • noun acorn barnacle Any of several species of stalkless barnacles in the genus Balanus. 0
  • noun acorn barnacle Any barnacle in the order Sessilia. 0

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Origin of acorn barnacle

First appearance:

before 1580
One of the 35% oldest English words
1580-85; perhaps a conflation of barnacle barnacle goose with Cornish brennyk, Irish báirneach limpet, Welsh brenig limpets, reflecting the folk belief that such geese, whose breeding grounds were unknown, were engendered from rotten ships' planking

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