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Thursday, November 06, 2014

Definitions for anatine

  1. resembling a duck.
  2. of or pertaining to the family Anatidae, comprising the swans, geese, and ducks.

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Citations for anatine
I took refuge in wild theorizing,--if Angels be the next higher being from Man, perhaps the Duck had 'morphos'd into some Anatine Equivalent, acting as my guardian… Thomas Pynchon, Mason & Dixon: A Novel, 1997
I did not particularly like her, though she did once bring me a chick and a duckling as an Easter present, and it may reveal something about anatine psychology that the duck grew up and became fixtated upon the chicken in the pen my father made for them. George Davison Winius, The Brats of Briarcliff, 2008
Origin of anatine
1860-1865
Anatine comes from the Latin word for "duck," anas. It entered English in the mid-1800s.