waterfowl

noun wa·ter·fowl \ ˈwȯ-tər-ˌfau̇(-ə)l , ˈwä- \
|Updated on: 9 Jun 2018

Definition of waterfowl

plural waterfowl also waterfowls
: 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

  1. The lake is a refuge for migrating waterfowl.

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First Known Use of waterfowl

14th century

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WATERFOWL Defined for English Language Learners

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Definition of waterfowl for English Language Learners

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


WATERFOWL Defined for Kids

waterfowl

noun wa·ter·fowl \ ˈwȯ-tər-ˌfau̇l , ˈwä- \

Definition of waterfowl for Students

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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