- a water bird, especially a swimming bird.
- such birds taken collectively, especially the swans, geese, and ducks.
Origin of waterfowl
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Examples from the Web for waterfowl
Wood pigeon, pheasant, partridge, grouse, peacocks, hares, wild rabbits, and waterfowl are all dietary staples.Edible Taxidermy: It’s a Good Thing
August 5, 2014
Other than waterfowl had chosen this secluded spot for their favourite dwelling-place.The Quadroon
A shot at the waterfowl, therefore, could not be thought of.The Plant Hunters
Ducks, geese, and other waterfowl, came in myriads with the spring.Silver Lake
Partridges can be caught with the hand and waterfowl are pursued with the kayak.The Central Eskimo
The waterfowl have begun to come more and more to the pond before the house.
- any aquatic freshwater bird, esp any species of the family Anatidae (ducks, geese, and swans)
- such birds collectively
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Word Origin and History for waterfowl
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