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or an·ser·ous

[an-suh-rahyn, -rin]
  1. of or relating to the subfamily Anserinae, of the family Anatidae, comprising the true geese.
  2. resembling a goose; gooselike.
  3. stupid; foolish; silly.
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Origin of anserine

1830–40; < Latin anserīnus of, pertaining to geese, equivalent to anser goose + -īnus -ine1
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Examples from the Web for anserine

Historical Examples

  • With that Katie's goose—or perhaps one should say her Anserine—was cooked.

    A Crooked Mile

    Oliver Onions

  • America possesses by far the greatest wealth of Anserine forms.

  • The gaff is blown, the anserine guard gives tongue with might and main.

British Dictionary definitions for anserine


anserous (ˈænsərəs)

  1. of or resembling a goose
  2. of, relating to, or belonging to the subfamily Anserinae, which includes geese, swans, and certain ducks: family Anatidae, order Anseriformes
  3. silly; foolish
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Word Origin

C19: from Latin anserīnus, from anser goose
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