water-fowl

waterfowl

[waw-ter-foul, wot-er-]
noun, plural waterfowls (especially collectively) waterfowl.
1.
a water bird, especially a swimming bird.
2.
such birds taken collectively, especially the swans, geese, and ducks.

Origin:
1250–1300; Middle English; cognate with German Wasservogel; see water, fowl

Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
Cite This Source Link To water-fowl
Collins
World English Dictionary
waterfowl (ˈwɔːtəˌfaʊl)
 
n
1.  any aquatic freshwater bird, esp any species of the family Anatidae (ducks, geese, and swans)
2.  such birds collectively

Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 10th Edition
2009 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009
Cite This Source
Etymonline
Word Origin & History

waterfowl
c.1300, from water (n.1) + fowl. Cf. O.H.G. wazzarvogel, Du. watervogel.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source
Copyright © 2014 Dictionary.com, LLC. All rights reserved.
  • Please Login or Sign Up to use the Recent Searches feature