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waterfowl

[waw-ter-foul, wot-er-] /ˈwɔ tərˌfaʊl, ˈwɒt ər-/
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 of waterfowl
1250-1300
1250-1300; Middle English; cognate with German Wasservogel; see water, fowl
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  • Knowing the ground, and the habits of the waterfowl, Bones quickly placed his two friends.

  • Other than waterfowl had chosen this secluded spot for their favourite dwelling-place.

    The Quadroon Mayne Reid
  • Flocks of waterfowl and solemn companies of storks circle over the swamps.

  • A shot at the waterfowl, therefore, could not be thought of.

    The Plant Hunters Mayne Reid
  • Lakes of various sizes were alive with waterfowl, whose shrill and plaintive cries filled the air with wild melody.

    Digging for Gold R.M. Ballantyne
  • Ducks, geese, and other waterfowl, came in myriads with the spring.

    Silver Lake R.M. Ballantyne
  • Broken Tooth had found nesting places of the waterfowl which frequented the swamp.

  • Partridges can be caught with the hand and waterfowl are pursued with the kayak.

    The Central Eskimo Franz Boas
  • But no shells came to disturb the waterfowl among the reeds around.

    Now It Can Be Told Philip Gibbs
British Dictionary definitions for waterfowl

waterfowl

/ˈwɔːtəˌfaʊl/
noun
1.
any aquatic freshwater bird, esp any species of the family Anatidae (ducks, geese, and swans)
2.
such birds collectively
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Word Origin and History for waterfowl
n.

c.1300, from water (n.1) + fowl (n.). Cf. Old High German wazzarvogel, Dutch watervogel.

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