Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A genus of thoracic or ordinary cirripeds, of the family Lepadidæ, established by Bruguière; barnacles, goose-mussels, or tree-geese. The name is derived from some fancied resemblance of the Lepas anatifera to a bird, whence arose the vulgar error that the barnacle-goose, Anas or Anser bernicla, was produced from this cirriped, which was supposed to turn into the bird when it dropped from the tree upon which it was fabled to grow.
- n. See Lepadidæ, Lepas.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Zoöl.) An animal of the barnacle tribe, of the genus Lepas, having a fleshy stem or peduncle; a goose barnacle. See cirripedia.
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