Barnacles are small, crustacean-like creatures that live on ships. They attach themselves to the hull of the ship, and use their feet to scrape pieces of food off of the ship.

  • The barnacles are growing on the ship, and the captain is worried that they will cause damage.

Definition of barnacles


European goose smaller than the brant; breeds in the far north


barnacle goose, branta leucopsis


marine crustaceans with feathery food-catching appendages; free-swimming as larvae; as adults form a hard shell and live attached to submerged surfaces


cirriped, cirripede

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