follow Dictionary.com

How Well Do You Know English Slang?

barnacle goose

noun
1.
a wild goose, Branta leucopsis, of northern Europe and Greenland.
Origin
1760-1770
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
Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
Cite This Source
British Dictionary definitions for barn-acle goose

barnacle goose

noun
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
Word Origin
C13 bernekke, related to Late Latin bernaca, from the belief that the goose developed from a shellfish; ultimate origin obscure
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for barnacle goose

Few English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for barn

6
8
Scrabble Words With Friends