barnacle goose

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Etymology[edit]

Because this goose nests in the far north, Europeans never saw its chicks, and invented a theory that the goose barnacle is the larval form of the barnacle goose.

A barnacle goose.

Noun[edit]

barnacle goose (plural barnacle geese)

  1. A black and white species of bird from the northern hemisphere, Branta leucopsis.

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