Le·pas n. Zool. Any one of various species of Lepas, a genus of pedunculated barnacles found attached to floating timber, bottoms of ships, Gulf weed, etc.; -- called also goose barnacle. See Barnacle.
Ber·ni·cle n. A bernicle goose. [Written also barnacle.]
Bernicle goose Zool., 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.
n : type genus of the family Lepadidae [syn: genus Lepas]