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wild goose

noun
1.
any undomesticated goose, especially the greylag of Britain or the Canada goose.
Origin of wild goose
1050
before 1050; Middle English; Old English
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Examples from the Web for wild geese
Historical Examples
  • That's a long way from the days of the 'wild geese' and the order of chivalry, isn't it?

    Changing Winds

    St. John G. Ervine
  • He's that ignorantly innocent, wild geese is as wise as serpents to him.

    Faro Nell and Her Friends Alfred Henry Lewis
  • We had a flock of wild geese that we crossed with tame ones.

  • I never was informed before where wild geese are known to breed.

  • In the early morning he was rewarded by capturing nine wild geese.

    The Story of My Life Egerton Ryerson
  • Voices of wild geese carry with astonishing force and accuracy.

    Child and Country Will Levington Comfort
  • Upon this were hundreds of wild geese, plover, and pelicans.

  • When he came to the wild geese, they were about to fly away to other lands.

  • Must one have wings or a flying-machine in order to “follow” the wild geese?

    The Fall of the Year Dallas Lore Sharp
  • wild geese and ducks spend the summer in Yezo and the winter in Hondo.

    The Gist of Japan R. B. Peery
British Dictionary definitions for wild geese

Wild Geese

noun
1.
the Wild Geese, the Irish expatriates who served as professional soldiers with the Catholic powers of Europe, esp France, from the late 17th to the early 20th centuries
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