swan-upping

[ swon-uhp-ing ]
/ ˈswɒnˌʌp ɪŋ /
|

noun British.

the taking up of young swans to mark them with nicks on the beak for identification.
an annual expedition for this purpose on the Thames.

Nearby words

  1. swan's neck pediment,
  2. swan's-down,
  3. swan, sir joseph wilson,
  4. swan-dive,
  5. swan-ganz catheter,
  6. swanee,
  7. swang,
  8. swanherd,
  9. swank,
  10. swanky

Origin of swan-upping

1800–10; swan1 + upping (up + -ing1)

Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for swan-upping



British Dictionary definitions for swan-upping

swan-upping

noun British

the practice or action of marking nicks in swans' beaks as a sign of ownership
the annual swan-upping of royal cygnets on the River Thames

Word Origin for swan-upping

C16: from up (in the archaic sense: to catch and mark a swan)

Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012