- of or relating to the subfamily Anserinae, of the family Anatidae, comprising the true geese.
- resembling a goose; gooselike.
- stupid; foolish; silly.
Origin of anserine
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Historical Examples of anserine
With that Katie's goose—or perhaps one should say her Anserine—was cooked.A Crooked Mile
America possesses by far the greatest wealth of Anserine forms.
The gaff is blown, the anserine guard gives tongue with might and main.
- of or resembling a goose
- of, relating to, or belonging to the subfamily Anserinae, which includes geese, swans, and certain ducks: family Anatidae, order Anseriformes
- silly; foolish
Word Origin for anserine
C19: from Latin anserīnus, from anser goose
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