One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
- ‘Niarbyl Bay was so bleak and dreary a place - nothing but tide-swept barnacled rocks and a fast-food hut - that, had this destination not remained a mystery, no one would have boarded the bus.’
- ‘Surrounding us on all sides was an unbroken wall of pinnacles - huge cetacean humps barnacled with impossibly large cornices, seracs, and needlelike spires.’
- ‘But the rock was barnacled, sea-plucked and sound.’
- ‘As a ponderous Loggerhead turtle scrapes her way up the midnight sands of Queensland's Heron Island, seemingly bearing the weight of the world upon her barnacled back, I can see how the idea arose.’
- ‘Jockeying for position, directly ahead of the knobby, barnacled, good-natured whale, the porpoise catches a free ride.’
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