Anatifa

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Anatifa (Zoöl) An animal of the barnacle tribe, of the genus Lepas, having a fleshy stem or peduncle; a goose barnacle. See Cirripedia.☞ The term Anatifæ, in the plural, is often used for the whole group of pedunculated cirripeds.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n anatifa A genus of thoracic or ordinary cirripeds, of the family Lepadidæ, established by Bruguière; barnacles, goose-mussels, or tree-geese. The name is derived from some fancied resemblance of the Lepas anatifera to a bird, whence arose the vulgar error that the barnacle-goose, Anas or Anser bernicla, was produced from this cirriped, which was supposed to turn into the bird when it dropped from the tree upon which it was fabled to grow.
    • n anatifa See Lepadidæ, Lepas.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
NL., contr. fr. anatifera,. See Anatiferous

Usage

In literature:

Also two sorts of barnacles (Anatifa) which I got near the side of the vessel.
"Journals Of Two Expeditions Of Discovery In North-West And Western Australia, Vol. 2 (of 2)" by George Grey
The First Part contains Anatifa and Balanus, and was published in 1789.
"A Monograph on the Sub-class Cirripedia (Volume 1 of 2)" by Charles Darwin
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