barnacle goose

bar′nacle goose′
orn a wild goose of Arctic regions, Branta leucopsis, that winters in N Europe
Etymology: 1760–70; earlierbarnacle, ME bernacle; cf. MF bernacle, earlier ME bernak, bernekke, OF bernaque

From formal English to slang. 2014.

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  • barnacle goose — n. [from the popular notion that it grew from the BARNACLE] a European wild goose (Branta leucopsis) …   English World dictionary

  • barnacle goose — ► NOUN ▪ a goose with a white face and black neck, breeding in arctic tundra. ORIGIN from the former belief that the bird hatched from barnacles …   English terms dictionary

  • Barnacle Goose — Taxobox name = Barnacle Goose status = LC status system = iucn3.1 status ref = [IUCN2006|assessors=BirdLife International|year=2004|id=47150|title=Branta leucopsis|downloaded=11 May 2006] image width = 240px regnum = Animalia phylum = Chordata… …   Wikipedia

  • barnacle goose — noun European goose smaller than the brant; breeds in the far north • Syn: ↑barnacle, ↑Branta leucopsis • Hypernyms: ↑goose • Member Holonyms: ↑Branta, ↑genus Branta * * * ˈbarnacle goose 7 …   Useful english dictionary

  • barnacle goose — Clake Clake, Claik Claik, n. (Zo[ o]l.) The bernicle goose; now called {barnacle goose} and also called {clack goose}. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • barnacle goose — baltaskruostė berniklė statusas T sritis zoologija | vardynas atitikmenys: lot. Branta leucopsis angl. barnacle goose vok. Weißwangengans, f rus. белощёкая казарка, f pranc. bernache nonnette, f ryšiai: platesnis terminas – berniklės …   Paukščių pavadinimų žodynas

  • barnacle goose — a wild goose, Branta leucopsis, of northern Europe and Greenland. [1760 70; earlier barnacle, ME bernacle; cf. MF bernacle, NL bernacula, all deriv. of earlier ME bernak, bernekke, AL bernaca, OF bernaque, of uncert. orig.] * * * Species (Branta… …   Universalium

  • barnacle-goose — barˈnacle goose or berˈnicle goose noun A wild black and white goose of N Europe (Branta leucopsis), once believed to develop from a barnacle (the gooseˈ barˈnacle) that attaches itself, esp to floating wood, by a thick stalk • • • Main Entry:… …   Useful english dictionary

  • barnacle goose — /ˈbanəkəl gus/ (say bahnuhkuhl goohs) noun a small wild goose, Branta leucopsis, of northern Europe, with distinctive white facial markings. Also, bernicle goose …   Australian English dictionary

  • barnacle goose — noun Date: 1768 a European goose (Branta leucopsis) that has a whitish face and black breast and breeds in the arctic …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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