Meaning of “barnacle” in the English Dictionary

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"barnacle" in English

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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. 

(Definition of “barnacle” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"barnacle" in American English

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barnaclenoun [ C ]

us /ˈbɑr·nɪ·kəl/

a small sea creature with a shell that fastens itself tightly and in large numbers to rocks and the bottoms of boats

(Definition of “barnacle” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)