trumpeter swan


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

Examples of trumpeter swan in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web All told, people spotted more than 80 different avian species munching on the insects, from large trumpeter swans to teeny-tiny blue-gray gnatcatchers. Sarah Kuta, Smithsonian Magazine, 24 Oct. 2023 There are two species native to Oregon that pass through while migrating: the tundra swan and the trumpeter swan. Mark Graves | , oregonlive, 27 Aug. 2023 This authorization allowed Utah hunters to unintentionally kill 10 trumpeter swans per season. Andrew McKean, Outdoor Life, 10 May 2023 The trumpeter swans always show at Parson on the 6th or 7th. John Schandelmeier, Anchorage Daily News, 9 Apr. 2023 Since 1986, the nonprofit has provided more than $10 million for conservation work in the state, everything from helping with the reintroduction of trumpeter swans and whooping cranes to cleaning up the Fox River and restoring state natural areas. Chelsey Lewis, Journal Sentinel, 9 Mar. 2023 Every Monday during the migration, wildlife biologists in Nebraska count the cranes—as well as other incidental birds, like trumpeter swans, bald eagles and dark geese—while flying overhead in a small airplane. Sarah Kuta, Smithsonian Magazine, 28 Feb. 2023 One, the trumpeter swan of the northwest, has become one of the rarer North American birds. Discover Magazine, 18 Jan. 2013 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

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Word History

First Known Use

1834, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of trumpeter swan was in 1834

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“Trumpeter swan.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 May. 2024.

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trumpeter swan

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

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