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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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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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