barnacle goose

barnacle goose

noun
a wild goose, Branta leucopsis, of northern Europe and Greenland.

Origin:
1760–70; earlier barnacle, Middle English bernacle; compare Middle French bernacle, Neo-Latin bernacula, all derivative of earlier Middle English bernak, bernekke, Anglo-Latin bernaca, Old French bernaque, of uncertain origin

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barnacle goose
 
n
1.  a N European goose, Branta leucopsis, that has a black-and-white head and body and grey wings
2.  a former name for brent goose
 
[C13 bernekke, related to Late Latin bernaca, from the belief that the goose developed from a shellfish; ultimate origin obscure]

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