a game bird, especially a wild duck, goose, or swan.

Origin of wildfowl

before 1000; Middle English wilde foul, Old English wildefugl. See wild, fowl
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Contemporary Examples of wildfowl

  • Probably in October, the Pilgrims met their Wampanoag neighbors for three days of feasting on wildfowl and venison.

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Historical Examples of wildfowl

  • As wildfowl take, by river and lake, The sunshine and the rain.

  • Wildfowl may often be seen about the marshy ground at the head of the loch.

    Gairloch In North-West Ross-Shire

    John H. Dixon, F.S.A. Scot

  • Diametrically different—in cause and effect—is the case of wildfowl.

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    Abel Chapman

  • One had brought fish, the other wildfowl, slung on poles over their shoulders.

    Beric the Briton

    G. A. Henty

  • There will be wildfowl on my lake, and Lochleven trout in my waters.

British Dictionary definitions for wildfowl



any bird that is hunted by man, esp any duck or similar aquatic bird
such birds collectively
Derived Formswildfowler, nounwildfowling, adjective, noun
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