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- adj. Producing ducks. Formerly used of barnacles, since it was believed that they produced ducks and geese.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Producing ducks; -- applied to Anatifæ, under the absurd notion of their turning into ducks or geese. See barnacle.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Producing geese; that is, producing the cirripeds formerly called tree-geese or goose-mussels, which adhere to submerged wood or stone, but were formerly supposed to grow on trees, and then to drop off into the water and turn into geese: an epithet of the barnacle, Lepas anatifera, and of the trees upon which it was supposed to grow. See Anatifa, Lepas.
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