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[wahyld-foul] /ˈwaɪldˌfaʊl/
a game bird, especially a wild duck, goose, or swan.
Origin of wildfowl
before 1000; Middle English wilde foul, Old English wildefugl. See wild, fowl Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • As wildfowl take, by river and lake, The sunshine and the rain.

  • wildfowl may often be seen about the marshy ground at the head of the loch.

    Gairloch In North-West Ross-Shire John H. Dixon, F.S.A. Scot
  • Diametrically different—in cause and effect—is the case of wildfowl.

    Unexplored Spain Abel Chapman
  • One had brought fish, the other wildfowl, slung on poles over their shoulders.

    Beric the Briton G. A. Henty
  • There will be wildfowl on my lake, and Lochleven trout in my waters.

    The African Colony John Buchan
  • Feathers from wildfowl were also carefully saved for beds and pillows.

    The Stronghold Miriam Haynie
  • To his fish and flesh the Eskimo adds a bewildering plenitude of wildfowl.

    The New North Agnes Deans Cameron
  • From right and left, in mysterious side lagoons and pockets, came the low quacking and chattering of wildfowl, now close at hand.

    The Adventures of Bobby Orde Stewart Edward White
  • The air was so calm that the plaintive cries of thousands of wildfowl which covered the Point of Marsh struck faintly on our ears.

    Hudson Bay R.M. Ballantyne
British Dictionary definitions for wildfowl


any bird that is hunted by man, esp any duck or similar aquatic bird
such birds collectively
Derived Forms
wildfowler, noun
wildfowling, adjective, noun
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