or an·ser·ous

[ an-suh-rahyn, -rin ]
/ ˈæn səˌraɪn, -rɪn /


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

1830–40; < Latin anserīnus of, pertaining to geese, equivalent to anser goose + -īnus -ine1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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anserous (ˈænsərəs)

/ (ˈænsəˌraɪn, -rɪn) /


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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