trumpeter swan

noun

: a rare large pure white swan (Cygnus buccinator) of western North America that is noted for its sonorous voice

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web To me, the highlight was a pristine marsh brimming with relatively uncommon birds, including black terns, colorful redhead ducks, and a pair of trumpeter swan parents swimming alongside their fuzzy gray cygnet. Washington Post, 2 Mar. 2022 The visiting trumpeter swan has seemingly abandoned Sesachacha Pond and was variously seen at several other island ponds last week including Hummock Pond and Miacomet Pond. BostonGlobe.com, 26 Feb. 2022 Among sightings were a trumpeter swan on Sesachacha Pond, 12 snow geese near Sankaty Head Lighthouse, and a dickcissel continued to visit a feeder at 215 Madaket Road in Madaket. BostonGlobe.com, 12 Feb. 2022 Two firefighters, David Howard and Thomas Switalski, were sent out to rescue the trumpeter swan in one of the district's hovercrafts. Evan Frank, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 16 Dec. 2021 The ice rescue of the trumpeter swan was different than a human rescue, according to Haerter. Evan Frank, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 16 Dec. 2021 Wisconsin set a recovery goal of 20 breeding and migratory trumpeter swan pairs by 2000. Paul A. Smith, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 7 Aug. 2021 The project, led by David Wolfson of the University of Minnesota, aims to provide detailed information on trumpeter swan ecology, including about seasonal movements and habitat use. Paul A. Smith, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 7 Aug. 2021 Some folks say the first day of spring comes with the first trumpeter swan or the first robin. John Schandelmeier, Anchorage Daily News, 15 May 2021 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1834, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of trumpeter swan was in 1834

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“Trumpeter swan.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/trumpeter%20swan. Accessed 27 Nov. 2022.

Kids Definition

trumpeter swan

noun

: a rare pure white swan of western North America with a loud low-pitched call

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