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barnacle goose

a wild goose, Branta leucopsis, of northern Europe and Greenland.
Origin of barnacle goose
1760-70; earlier barnacle, Middle English bernacle; compare Middle French bernacle, New Latin bernacula, all derivative of earlier Middle English bernak, bernekke, Anglo-Latin bernaca, Old French bernaque, of uncertain origin Unabridged
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  • This barnacle-goose tree was a great article of faith with our ancestors in the Middle Ages.

    Myth-Land F. Edward Hulme
  • In France, the barnacle-goose may be eaten on fast days, by virtue of this old belief in its fishy origin.

    Folk-lore of Shakespeare Thomas Firminger Thiselton-Dyer
British Dictionary definitions for barnacle-goose

barnacle goose

a N European goose, Branta leucopsis, that has a black-and-white head and body and grey wings
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
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