from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A cirriped of the genus Lepas or Anatifa; a barnacle; a goose-mussel. See Anatifa, Lepas, and cut under barnucle, 2.
- n. The barnacle-goose, Bernicla leucopsis: from the old fable that they grow on trees from barnacles. See cut under barnacle.
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Pie-Annet, which the people of Lancashire call by no other name than a tree-goose; which place aforesaid, and all those parts adjacent, do so much abound therewith, that one of the best may be bought for threepence.
The Barnacle goose or clakis of Willoughby, anas erythropus of Linnaeus, called likewise tree-goose, anciently supposed to be generated from drift wood, or rather from the _lepas anatifera_ or multivalve shell, called barnacle, which is often found on the bottoms of ships.