anserine

anserine

[an-suh-rahyn, -rin]
adjective
1.
of or pertaining to the subfamily Anserinae, of the family Anatidae, comprising the true geese.
2.
resembling a goose; gooselike.
3.
stupid; foolish; silly.
Also, anserous.


Origin:
1830–40; < Latin anserīnus of, pertaining to geese, equivalent to anser goose + -īnus -ine1

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anserine or anserous (ˈænsəˌraɪn, -rɪn, ˈænsərəs)
 
adj
1.  of or resembling a goose
2.  of, relating to, or belonging to the subfamily Anserinae, which includes geese, swans, and certain ducks: family Anatidae, order Anseriformes
3.  silly; foolish
 
[C19: from Latin anserīnus, from anser goose]
 
anserous or anserous
 
adj
 
[C19: from Latin anserīnus, from anser goose]

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