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waterfowl

Definition:

a freshwater aquatic bird

Class:

animal noun (animals and microorganisms)

Plurals:

waterfowl* | waterfowls
(* waterfowl may be used in a singular or plural context)

Original source:

Princeton WordNet

Etymology:

"water" (Noun1) + "fowl". Compare Old High German wazzarvogel, Dutch watervogel.
(Source: Online Etymology)  [more]

Definition references  (+images)

Wikipedia:

Waterfowl

certain wildfowl of the order Anseriformes, especially members of the family Anatidae, which includes ducks, geese, and swans. They are strong swimmers with medium to large bodies. They have historically been an important food source, and continue to... (38 of 175 words, 2 images)

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Britannica Encyclopedia:

waterfowl [bird]

in the United States, all varieties of ducks, geese, and swans; the term is sometimes expanded to include some unrelated aquatic birds such as coots, ... (25 of 71 words, 1 image)

www​.britannica​.com​/E​Bchecked​/topic​/637425​/waterfowl

Collins Dictionary:

waterfowl

any aquatic freshwater bird, especially any species of the family "Anatidae" (ducks, geese, and swans) | such birds collectively (18 of 366 words, 2 definitions, 9 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/waterfowl

Columbia Encyclopedia:

waterfowl

common term for members of the order Anseriformes, wild, aquatic, typically freshwater birds including ducks, geese, and screamers. In Great Britain ... (21 of 191 words)

www​.infoplease​.com​/ce​6​/sci​/A​0851586​.html

Merriam-Webster:

waterfowl | waterfowls [plural]

a bird that frequents water ; especially, a swimming game bird (as a duck or goose) as distinguished from an upland game bird or shorebird (25 of 63 words, pronunciation)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/waterfowl

Cambridge Dictionary:

waterfowl

any bird that spends much of its life on or around a river or lake, especially one which is shot for food or sport (24 of 34 words, pronunciations)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/waterfowl

Oxford Dictionary:

waterfowl

ducks, geese, or other large aquatic birds, especially when regarded as game (12 of 30 words, pronunciation)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/waterfowl

Random House Dictionary:

waterfowl | waterfowls [plural]

a water bird, especially a swimming bird. | such birds taken collectively, especially the swans, geese, and ducks. (17 of 30 words, 2 definitions, pronunciation)

dictionary​.infoplease​.com​/waterfowl

Macmillan British Dictionary:

waterfowl [countable/uncountable, formal]

a water bird (3 of 29 words, pronunciation)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/waterfowl

American Heritage Dictionary:

waterfowl | waterfowls [plural]

A water bird, especially a swimming bird. | Swimming game birds, such as ducks and geese, considered as a group. (19 of 27 words, 2 definitions, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/waterfowl

New World Dictionary:

waterfowl | waterfowls [plural]

a water bird; especially, any of a family (Anatidae, order Anseriformes) of birds consisting of ducks, geese, and swans (19 of 25 words, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/waterfowl

Wiktionary:

waterfowl | wildfowl [synonym]

birds, such as ducks, geese and swans, that spend most of their non-flying time on water; especially those of the family Anatidae (22 of 23 words)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/waterfowl

Encarta Dictionary:

waterfowl | waterfowls [plural]

a bird that lives on freshwater lakes and streams | swimming game birds such as ducks, considered as a group (19 of 39 words, 2 definitions, pronunciation)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861711146​/definition​.html  [offline]

Etymology references

Online Etymology:

waterfowl

First use: about 1300

Origin: "water" (Noun1) + "fowl". Compare Old High German wazzarvogel, Dutch watervogel.

www​.etymonline​.com​/index​.php term=waterfowl

Wiktionary:

waterfowl

Origin: water + fowl

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/waterfowl

water | watered [past tense] | watering [present participle] | waters [3rd-person singular present]

Origin: Middle English water, from Old English wæter ("water"), from Proto-Germanic *watōr ("water"), from Proto-Indo-European *wódr̥ ("water").

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/water

fowl | fowled [past tense] | fowling [present participle] | fowls [3rd-person singular present]

Origin: Middle English foul, foghel, from Old English fugol, from Proto-Germanic *fuglaz, dissimilated variant of *fluglaz (compare Old English flugol 'fleeing', Mercian fluglas heofun 'fowls of the air'), from ... (28 of 47 etymology words)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/fowl

Audio references

Collins Dictionary:

waterfowl

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "waterfowl"

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/waterfowl

Cambridge Dictionary:

waterfowl

Audio 1: British English pronunuciation of "waterfowl"

Audio 2: North American English pronunuciation of "waterfowl"

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/waterfowl

Macmillan British Dictionary:

waterfowl [countable/uncountable, formal]

Audio: British English pronunciation of "waterfowl"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/waterfowl

Macmillan American Dictionary:

waterfowl [countable/uncountable, formal]

Audio: North American pronunciation of "waterfowl"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/american​/waterfowl

the Free Dictionary:

waterfowl

Audio 1: North American English pronunciation of "waterfowl"

Audio 2: British English pronunciation of "waterfowl"

Audio 3: North American English pronunciation of "waterfowl" by speech synthesizer

www​.thefreedictionary​.com​/waterfowl

Google Dictionary:

waterfowl

Audio: English pronunciation of "waterfowl"

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Merriam-Webster Pronunciation:

waterfowl

Audio: North American pronunciation of "waterfowl"

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/audio​.php file=waterf​03 word=waterfowl

YourDictionary Audio:

waterfowl

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "waterfowl" by speech synthesizer

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/waterfowl

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