mute swan


: a common white swan (Cygnus olor) that produces no loud notes, is native to Europe and western Asia, and has been introduced into parts of the U.S.

Examples of mute swan in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Unlike swans native to North America, mute swans do not migrate south in the winter but instead move regionally. Claire Reid, Journal Sentinel, 4 Aug. 2023 In the 12th century, the crown claimed ownership over the mute swans, which were often served at banquets. The New York Times Elaine Chen Emily Anthes, New York Times, 18 May 2023 The two mute swans are not native to the U.S., but are the largest birds in New York. Francisco Guzman, USA TODAY, 1 June 2023 Two are native and one, the mute swan, is not. Sarah Bowman, The Indianapolis Star, 15 Mar. 2021 Take the mute swan, for example. Sarah Bowman, The Indianapolis Star, 15 Mar. 2021 Owls have 14; ducks have 16; the mute swan has a whopping 25. Scott Lafee, San Diego Union-Tribune, 4 Oct. 2022 On that day there will seven live trumpeter swans, one tundra and 14 mute swan swimming in the area where the dead swans were discovered. Carrie Napoleon,, 28 Dec. 2021 This is not the first time a local government has attempted to eradicate the mute swan population. Emma Stein, Detroit Free Press, 16 Aug. 2021

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Word History

First Known Use

1785, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of mute swan was in 1785

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“Mute swan.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Jun. 2024.

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