mute swan

noun

Definition of 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 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 The necropsy also confirmed the swan is a mute swan, an invasive species in North America, and the same breed as those living in the Public Garden. BostonGlobe.com, 3 June 2021 As an invasive species, the mute swan has stirred debate in New York. New York Times, 10 Nov. 2020 Once in a while, a mute swan came as though out of nowhere. New York Times, 12 Nov. 2019 Designed by Chicago architect Kathryn Quinn, the pavilion was an eclectic postmodern confection adorned with swan sculptures that recalled the gift of four mute swans that began the zoo in 1868. Blair Kamin, chicagotribune.com, 11 Oct. 2019 The Queen owns all mute swans (the most common of three local species) found on open water in the U.K. as part of a tradition dating back to the 12th century. Phil Boucher, PEOPLE.com, 22 July 2019 For five days every summer, the royal family participates in Swan Upping, or the annual census of mute swans on the River Thames. Elise Taylor, Vogue, 17 July 2018 The Crown owns all mute swans (the most common of three local species) found on open water in the U.K. as part of a tradition dating back to the 12th century. Erin Hill, PEOPLE.com, 5 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of mute swan

1785, in the meaning defined above

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26 Aug 2021

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“Mute swan.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/mute%20swan. Accessed 21 Oct. 2021.

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