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or grey·lag

  1. a common, gray, wild goose, Anser anser, of Europe, that is the ancestor of most breeds of domestic goose.
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Origin of graylag

1705–15; gray1 + lag1 (with reference to its habit of remaining longer in England before migrating than other species of the genus)
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  • The graylag goose which breeds in the British Isles, seems to be the ancestor of the domestic geese that we see in every farmyard.

    The Animal World, A Book of Natural History

    Theodore Wood