barnaclenoun [ C ]uk /ˈbɑː.nə.kəl/ us /ˈbɑːr.nə.kəl/
Examples from literature
- Barnacles formed in clusters, stopping the speed, and sea-worms bored through the planking.
- Nearly every rock has its crust of barnacles and clumps of mussels.
- O, the barnacles that cling to your keel in such waters!
- Ships that go around the world accumulate many barnacles, but barnacles as a help to the navigator are an iridescent dream.
- The barnacles interfere greatly with the speed of a vessel, and in a cruiser speed is of prime importance.