plural noun

: a suborder of Anseriformes usually being coextensive with the family Anatidae and including the ducks, geese, swans, and mergansers or in old classifications including most or all of the web-footed swimming birds and ranking as an order

Word History


New Latin, from Latin, plural of anser goose

First Known Use

1764, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of Anseres was in 1764

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“Anseres.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Apr. 2024.

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