What is barnacle?

  • (noun): European goose smaller than the brant; breeds in the far north.
    Synonyms: barnacle goose, Branta leucopsis
    See also — Additional definitions below


A barnacle is a type of arthropod belonging to infraclass Cirripedia in the subphylum Crustacea, and is hence related to crabs and lobsters. Barnacles are exclusively marine, and tend to live in shallow and tidal waters, typically in erosive settings. They are sessile (non-motile) suspension feeders, and have two nektonic (active swimming) larval stages. Around 1,220 barnacle species are currently known. The name "Cirripedia" is Latin, meaning "curl-footed".

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Barnacle - Classification
... Infraclass Cirripedia Superorder Acrothoracica Order Pygophora Order Apygophora Superorder Rhizocephala Order Kentrogonida Order Akentrogonida Superorder Thoracica Order Pedunculata Order Sessilia. ...
Barnacle Bill (1941 Film)
... Barnacle Bill is a 1941 feature film starring Wallace Beery and Marjorie Main ... Barnacle Bill was the second of seven MGM films costarring Wallace Beery and Marjorie Main ...
The Barnacle
... The Barnacle Historic State Park is a 5-acre (2.0 ha) Florida State Park in the Coconut Grove neighborhood of Miami, Florida at 3485 Main Highway ... The Barnacle was the home of Ralph Middleton Munroe, one of Coconut Grove’s founders, as well as founder and Commodore of the Biscayne Bay Yacht Club ... The Barnacle Historic State Park is served by the Miami Metrorail at the Douglas Road and the Coconut Grove stations ...
Creatures In The Half-Life Series - Creatures From Xen - Barnacle
... Barnacles appear in Half-Life and Half-Life 2, and are also usable as a cross between a weapon and a biological grappling hook in Opposing Force ... When something gets caught on a barnacle's tongue, it retracts it into its maw and consumes the prey, frequently dismembering it while it is still alive ... Barnacles are known to eat almost anything that's alive all varieties of headcrab, allied rebels, Combine soldiers, zombies, and antlions ...

More definitions of "barnacle":

  • (noun): Marine crustaceans with feathery food-catching appendages; free-swimming as larvae; as adults form a hard shell and live attached to submerged surfaces.
    Synonyms: cerriped, cerripede

Famous quotes containing the word barnacle:

    A barnacle goose
    Far up in the stretches of night; night splits and the dawn breaks loose;
    I, through the terrible novelty of light, stalk on, stalk on;
    Those great sea-horses bare their teeth and laugh at the dawn.
    William Butler Yeats (1865–1939)