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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
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  • One other matter is worthy of note in Caithness, and that is the steady yearly decrease of wildfowl.

  • As wildfowl take, by river and lake, The sunshine and the rain.

  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • He shouted, but there was no answer; only the crying of wildfowl and the ripple of the tide broke the silence.

    Johnstone of the Border Harold Bindloss
  • 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
  • As regards the second, the assumption ignores the nature and essential character of wildfowl.

    Unexplored Spain Abel Chapman
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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