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Before it was found to be a species thought to be a kind of thing, which spontaneously generated in the sea, then transformed into a bird.
If look at the name in English, you could infer that it starts of life as a shellfish= a barnacle, before turning into a bird = goose.
Could also make the further claim that the origin of this observation and the naming convention (barnacle) is Irish.
Description is just not that consistent and the idea of the barnacle goose is subject to dispute, its life cycle is also described in a number of different ways.
The claim the name is Irish.
True, a match exists
It means limpet. But limpet here is a kind of thing. Naming convention may in modern biological indicate a ‘true’ or ‘false’ limpet.
Although in an older sense a true or false limpet = a real thing.
A kind of thing, rather than a biological species
Whats the difference between a limpet and a barnacle in Gaelic culture?
No idea if the claim that barnacle aspect of geese (it may also be considered a duck) is Irish in origin.
So secondary subject, taste and stimulus.
Barnacle goose is edible and can be associated with food taboos?
Limpet is also edible, can it be firmly associated with food taboos?
I think what I am interested is the degree to which taboo may contain both strong negative associations/ strong positive association.
Regulation of consumption, allowed at particular times/ proscribed at others.
Really I have no idea.
Subject is not easy to determine, sources have a tendency to develop a descriptive sense and interest in food consumption later in the historical record.
Older sources are terse and fragmentary.