Barnacle goose



a wild goose, Branta leucopsis, of northern Europe and Greenland.
Historical Examples

Nevertheless, in France, the barnacle goose may be eaten on fast-days by virtue of this old belief in its marine origin.
Notes and Queries, Number 201, September 3, 1853 Various

The barnacle goose finds its food more on land and inland lakes than in the sea.
The Voyage of the Vega round Asia and Europe, Volume I and Volume II A.E. Nordenskieold

Some would have him to be a barnacle goose, others a dab-chick or coot—none of which can fairly be classed as aviculæ small birds.
Hugh, Bishop of Lincoln Charles L. Marson

Another species resembling the latter, called the “barnacle goose,” was seen by our travellers.
The Young Voyageurs Mayne Reid

On Spitzbergen besides the barnacle goose we meet with the closely allied species Anser leucopsis, Bechst.
The Voyage of the Vega round Asia and Europe, Volume I and Volume II A.E. Nordenskieold

The barnacle goose is a well-known bird, and is eaten on fast-days in France, by virtue of this old belief in its marine origin.
Eccentricities of the Animal Creation. John Timbs

What, then, is the marine production from which the barnacle goose was thought to be engendered?
The Ornithology of Shakespeare James Edmund Harting

It was long a belief among many people that the barnacle produced the barnacle goose.
Elementary Zoology, Second Edition Vernon L. Kellogg

noun
a N European goose, Branta leucopsis, that has a black-and-white head and body and grey wings
a former name for brent goose

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