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

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

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waterfowl (ˈwɔːtəˌfaʊl)
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 & History

c.1300, from water (n.1) + fowl. Cf. O.H.G. wazzarvogel, Du. watervogel.
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Example sentences
Part of the vast central court is a turquoise reflecting pool which has no
  water, but is filled with frogs and graceful waterfowl.
Beautiful during the spring, the area really comes alive in the winter when
  migrating waterfowl sweep into the area.
For waterfowl, that could mean more birds in smaller spaces with less food.
The valley's scattered wetlands are home to eagles, waders, and waterfowl.
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