[ waw-ter-foul, wot-er- ]
/ ˈwɔ tərˌfaʊl, ˈwɒt ər- /

noun, plural wa·ter·fowls, (especially collectively) wa·ter·fowl.

a water bird, especially a swimming bird.
such birds taken collectively, especially the swans, geese, and ducks.

Origin of waterfowl

1250–1300; Middle English; cognate with German Wasservogel; see water, fowl
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British Dictionary definitions for waterfowl

/ (ˈwɔːtəˌfaʊl) /


any aquatic freshwater bird, esp any species of the family Anatidae (ducks, geese, and swans)
such birds collectively
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