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mute swan

noun
1.
a commonly domesticated soundless white swan, Cygnus olor, of Europe and Asia.
Origin of mute swan
1775-1785
First recorded in 1775-85
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  • The swan is a very silent bird in captivity, for this reason it is called the mute swan.

    Jungle Folk Douglas Dewar
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mute swan

noun
1.
a Eurasian swan, Cygnus olor, with a pure white plumage, an orange-red bill with a black base, and a curved neck Compare whistling swan
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