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.
Recent Examples on the Web Active duty military and military veterans will have two extra days to pursue waterfowl in Alabama this season under new federal guidelines. Frank Sargeant, al, "Get ready for start Alabama waterfowl hunting season," 20 Nov. 2019 By the look of Drake Leonards' (Eunice) Cajun duck poppers and Kevin Naderi's (Roost) piquillo peppers stuffed with duck confit, waterfowl were #trending big-time. Amber Elliott, Houston Chronicle, "VIP view: Urban Harvest taps 25 celebrity chefs for 25th anniversary Sunday Supper in River Oaks," 5 Nov. 2019 The sprawling wetlands near the beach served as a refuge for wintering waterfowl and as a nursery for coho, steelhead, and many other fish, amphibians and reptiles. Peter Fimrite, SFChronicle.com, "Restoring a San Mateo County creek to keep new generations of fish thriving," 5 Nov. 2019 They were feared to be especially hard on nesting waterfowl because raccoon dogs spend much of their time near water. John Myers, Twin Cities, "Never heard of the Minnesota raccoon dog, either? We are lucky," 23 Oct. 2019 Colorado’s waterfowl season dates and bag limits for 2019-2020 are similar to 2018-2019, except that hunters may only harvest one pintail per day this season instead of the two per day permitted last season. Amy Golden, The Know, "Colorado waterfowl hunting looks good for the 2019-2020 season," 9 Oct. 2019 In terms of species who had increased, bald eagles and falcons both grew by 33 percent, while waterfowl also saw a noticeable spike in numbers. Joelle Goldstein, PEOPLE.com, "Birds in the United States and Canada Are Disappearing, New Study Finds," 20 Sep. 2019 Although cackling goose numbers are up, federal waterfowl managers didn't authorize any increases in the daily bag limit of four dark geese. oregonlive, "Oregon hunting preview 2019: Outlooks for deer, elk, bear, cougar, upland birds, waterfowl," 20 Sep. 2019 Shooting hours for all waterfowl are from a half-hour before sunrise until 4 p.m through Oct. 4 and thereafter until sunset. John Myers, Twin Cities, "Outlook for Minnesota duck season: pretty good," 15 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of waterfowl

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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Cite this Entry

“Waterfowl.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/waterfowl. Accessed 6 December 2019.

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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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