wa·​ter·​fowl | \ ˈwȯ-tər-ˌfau̇(-ə)l How to pronounce waterfowl (audio) , ˈwä-\
plural waterfowl also waterfowls

Definition of waterfowl

: a bird that frequents water especially : a swimming game bird (such as a duck or goose) as distinguished from an upland game bird or shorebird

Examples of waterfowl in a Sentence

The lake is a refuge for migrating waterfowl.

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Chief Executive Officer Adam Putnam of Ducks Unlimited, a group that works to conserve waterfowl habitat, said the changes wouldn’t harm wildlife populations. Keith Ridler, The Know, "A Colorado wildlife refuge will allow hunting and fishing for the first time," 11 Sep. 2019 Chief Executive Officer Adam Putnam of Ducks Unlimited, a group that works to conserve waterfowl habitat, said the changes wouldn’t harm wildlife populations. Washington Post, "US expands hunting and fishing at national wildlife refuges," 10 Sep. 2019 Eagles, falcons, waterfowl Bald eagles: The pesticide DDT made the eggs of many birds too thin to withstand nesting, and in 1963, 417 nesting pairs were counted in North America. Tom Stienstra, SFChronicle.com, "Bears, elk, sharks crown landmark wildlife surge," 17 Aug. 2019 With the help of another high school friend, Mak Monckton, and local lodge operator Adam Maris, Bradley started his own company to provide others with the same exhilaration for waterfowl hunting in north-central Oklahoma. Richard Morin, azcentral, "Crash Landing: How Arizona Diamondbacks' Archie Bradley started a duck-hunting business," 9 Aug. 2019 The surrounding countryside offered wild food sources, such as apples, almonds, pistachios, fish, and waterfowl eggs. National Geographic, "This Stone Age settlement took humanity's first steps toward city life," 26 Mar. 2019 There are nearly 350 campsites here, plus hiking and biking trails, birdwatching and waterfowl hunting in season. Sarah Kuta, The Know, "18 places you can rent a boat in landlocked Colorado," 8 July 2019 The sanctioned waterfowl calling competition will run throughout Saturday at the Activity Center. baltimoresun.com, "37th annual Decoy & Wildlife Art Festival returns to Havre de Grace next weekend," 2 May 2018 Last week, more than 130 animal advocates and geese-loving residents held a protest in Washington Park and signed a petition that asked the city to stop killing the waterfowl and to only use nonlethal means to reduce goose poop in parks. Jessica Seaman, The Denver Post, "1,662 geese killed in Denver’s now-completed effort to control population in city’s parks," 11 July 2019

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First Known Use of waterfowl

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of waterfowl

: a duck or similar bird that swims and lives in or near water


wa·​ter·​fowl | \ ˈwȯ-tər-ˌfau̇l How to pronounce waterfowl (audio) , ˈwä-\

Kids Definition of waterfowl

1 : a bird that is typically found in or near water
2 : a swimming bird (as a duck or goose) often hunted as game

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