grey·​lag | \ ˈgrā-ˌlag How to pronounce greylag (audio) \

Definition of greylag

: the common gray wild goose (Anser anser) of Europe from which most domestic breeds of geese are descended

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Some of his visitors travel more than 15 hours by plane for a 35-minute ride with Moullec and his avian companions, often spotting cranes and geese like the brent, barnacle, red-breasted, and greylag species. National Geographic, "Stunning Video Shows a Man Flying With Birds," 4 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of greylag

circa 1713, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for greylag

perhaps from gray + lag entry 1

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