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1 marine crustaceans with feathery food-catching appendages; free-swimming as larvae; as adults form a hard shell and live attached to submerged surfaces [syn: cerriped, cerripede]
2 European goose smaller than the brant; breeds in the far north [syn: barnacle goose, Branta leucopsis]

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  1. A marine crustacean of the subclass Cirripedia that attaches itself to submerged surfaces such as tidal rocks or the bottoms of ships.
  2. The barnacle goose.
  3. An instrument like a pair of pincers, to fix on the nose of a vicious horse while shoeing so as to make it more tractable.
  4. In the context of "archaic|UK": A nickname for spectacles.
  5. In the context of "slang|obsolete": A good job, or snack easily obtained.


marine crustacean

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