Definition of Bernicle

1. n. A bernicle goose.



Definition of Bernicle

1. a wild goose [n -S]

Medical Definition of Bernicle

1. A bernicle goose. Alternative forms: barnacle] Bernicle goose, a goose (Branta leucopsis), of Arctic Europe and America. It was formerly believed that it hatched from the cirripeds of the sea (Lepas), which were, therefore, called barnacles, goose barnacles, or Anatifers. The name is also applied to other related species. See Anatifa and Cirripedia. Origin: OE. Bernak, bernacle; cf. OF. Bernac; prob. Fr. LL. Bernacula for hibernicula, bernicula, fr. Hibernia; the birds coming from Hibernia or Ireland. Cf. 1st Barnacle. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Bernicle

bermed
bermes
berming
berms
bermuda
berna fly
bernacle
bernacles
bernalite
bernard syndrome
bernardite
bernards
berndtite
berndtites
bernicle (current term)
bernicles
bernouse
bernouses
berob
berobbed
berobbing
berobed
berobs
beroe
beroll
berouged
berret
berrets
berretta

Literary usage of Bernicle

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1. Illustrations of British Ornithology by Prideaux John Selby (1833)
"Legs and toes reddish-orange. Claws white. bernicle GOOSE, OR ... EUS, in describing the true bernicle as the male of ..."

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