from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Crusted with barnacles.
  • adj. Thickly covered in something, as if with barnacles.
  • adj. Familiar with the ocean and/or seafaring.
  • adj. Old and weathered, particularly with respect to persons or things associated with the ocean.
  • adj. Marked by personal experiences; worldly.
  • adj. Encumbered with something unnecessary or undesirable, especially through a slow, gradual process of accumulation.
  • v. Simple past tense and past participle of barnacle.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. covered with barnacles.


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  • In a review of the de Young's 2008 Dale Chihuly glass exhibit, San Francisco Chronicle art critic Kenneth Baker wrote that he got a "queasy sense that here the gift shop inevitably barnacled to such exhibitions has finally engulfed its host."

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  • The man looked up, when a small cross-wave hit him, bounced him off the barnacled concrete.

    Gideon’s war

  • Having said that, there was action to be had albeit in a clip Doug had prepared a decade earlier with killer whales – 10 tonnes of muscle and teeth circling a poor flat-footed barnacled grey whale and her fattened calf.

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  • As we watched the barnacled creatures emerge for air like elephantine sloths, we began to suspect Captain Jim was full of it and weren't surprised when the famous couple was a no-show.

    The Last Swim

  • I clung to the barnacled wood, my fingers slicing open on shellfish and crustaceans.

    Brush of Darkness

  • Then, and for the first time, as I floundered to my feet covered with slime, the blood running down my arms from a scrape against a barnacled stake, I knew that I was drunk.

    Chapter 6

  • In large part, this is because Athos is a place where myths, and versions of myth, have superimposed themselves to form a virtually impenetrable conglomerate; where erudite references and cartographic measurements are barnacled—unprizably—onto what, originally, may have been little more than local hearsay.

    A Fossil With Flesh

  • In the centre of the mantel was a stuffed bird-of-paradise, while about the room were scattered gorgeous shells from the southern seas, delicate sprays of coral sprouting from barnacled pi-pi shells and cased in glass, assegais from South Africa, stone axes from New Guinea, huge


  • I have forgotten to say that we found the barnacled cask nearly filled with a most delicious wine which none of us can name.


  • In a general sense, he raised the barnacled vessel from its historical grave by focusing on the girl and boy played by you-know-who and you-know-who.

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