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 The first are upland hunters who follow pointing dogs who have a seat at the dinner table; the second are die-hard waterfowl hunters whose retrievers rank well above an aunt or uncle in the family hierarchy. Steve Meyer, Anchorage Daily News, "We hunt for meat — and because wing-shooting is an exquisite dance that can’t be choreographed," 18 Oct. 2020 The refuge is a resting place for waterfowl traveling the Pacific Flyway. Brian Maffly, The Salt Lake Tribune, "Big Utah potash project collapses for lack of investors," 11 Oct. 2020 In his new role, Spears will assist private landowners and state partners in improving waterfowl habitat on their properties. Arkansas Online, "Group picks UAM grad as its waterfowl biologist," 26 Sep. 2020 Located along the Atlantic migratory flyway, the area’s beaches, forests and bays see a wide variety of birds, including raptors, shorebirds and waterfowl. Larry Bleiberg, USA TODAY, "First flight: 10 great places where beginning birders can get their wings," 20 Sep. 2020 Water quality concerns from high levels of bacteria, such as E. coli, and other waterborne illnesses are typically caused by animal waste from geese and other waterfowl. Paul Walsh, Star Tribune, "Beach closings in Hennepin County mount amid health concerns," 26 Aug. 2020 With 23,000 acres of marshland and open water, this Pacific Northwest park offers nesting areas to American white pelicans and several heron species, along with wood ducks and other waterfowl. Larry Bleiberg, USA TODAY, "First flight: 10 great places where beginning birders can get their wings," 20 Sep. 2020 The 2019 waterfowl survey estimated pintails at 2.2 million, which falls 42 percent below the long-term average for that species. Joe Genzel, Outdoor Life, "Why Don’t We Hunt Ducks in the Spring?," 28 Aug. 2020 Prior to the migratory bird treaty with Canada in 1916 there were no hunting restrictions on waterfowl. Jim Williams, Star Tribune, "The most beautiful duck on earth," 25 Aug. 2020

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First Known Use of waterfowl

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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“Waterfowl.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/waterfowl. Accessed 30 Oct. 2020.

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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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