greylag

noun
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

Examples of greylag in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The greylag goose, Anser anser, is a widespread species that was domesticated as early as 1360BC, and is the ancestor of domestic geese. Grrlscientist, Forbes, "The ‘Mona Lisa’ Of Ancient Egyptian Art Depicts Extinct Goose," 28 Feb. 2021 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 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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The first known use of greylag was circa 1713

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13 Mar 2021

Cite this Entry

“Greylag.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/greylag. Accessed 21 Apr. 2021.

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