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anserine

or an·ser·ous

[ an-suh-rahyn, -rin ]
/ ˈæn səˌraɪn, -rɪn /
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adjective
of or relating to the subfamily Anserinae, of the family Anatidae, comprising the true geese.
resembling a goose; gooselike.
stupid; foolish; silly.
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Origin of anserine

1830–40; <Latin anserīnus of, pertaining to geese, equivalent to ansergoose + -īnus-ine1
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British Dictionary definitions for anserine

anserine

anserous (ˈænsərəs)

/ (ˈænsəˌraɪn, -rɪn) /

adjective
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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