Canada goose


: the common wild goose (Branta canadensis) of North America that is chiefly gray and brownish with black head and neck and a white patch running from the sides of the head under the throat

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Examples of Canada goose in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web While Canada goose hunting season in Missouri lasts until Tuesday, each hunter is only allowed to harvest three birds per day. Eleanor Nash, Kansas City Star, 5 Feb. 2024 The footage begins showing a Canada goose partially submerged in the water, vainly flapping its wings. Sage Marshall, Field & Stream, 9 Nov. 2023 Bear and gray squirrel seasons will both open, as will a statewide Canada goose hunt that runs until Sept. 25. Amanda Gokee,, 31 Aug. 2023 At the beginning of the summer, fake coyotes were installed to try to scare off the Canada goose population at Riverside Park. Matt Leavitt, cleveland, 18 Aug. 2023 And the Mississippi River Canada goose hunting season will run concurrently with the south zone goose regulations in 2023, rather than opening with the duck season. Paul A. Smith, Journal Sentinel, 22 Apr. 2023 Around then, the Canada goose was fated to join a slate of birds—Labrador ducks, great auks, passenger pigeons, Carolina parakeets, and heath hens among them—that humans had wiped from the skies. Marion Renault, The Atlantic, 19 May 2022 Todd’s strategy is a lot different than today’s more common approach to Canada goose hunting, which calls for lots of scouting, hiding in layout blinds, and hunting big feeds. Alex Robinson, Outdoor Life, 30 Nov. 2020 Last spring, a Canada goose laid her eggs in a sandhill crane’s nest but was chased away before her eggs hatched, as Amelia Langas reported for Audubon magazine at the time. Nora McGreevy, Smithsonian Magazine, 15 July 2020

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Word History

First Known Use

1676, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of Canada goose was in 1676

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“Canada goose.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Jul. 2024.

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Canada goose

: a common wild goose of North America that is mostly gray and brownish with a black head and neck

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