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 Aside from the sporadic thrum of traffic noise and the musical soundtrack, the only sounds are occasional outbursts from the local waterfowl and the shutter clicks of a visiting photographer. Los Angeles Times, 29 Sep. 2021 Then there is the Federal Duck Stamp Program, a $25 annual habitat stamp that is required to hunt waterfowl in the U.S. Chris Dorsey, Forbes, 9 Sep. 2021 Ross said organizers were optimistic the waterfowl expo will become an annual event to help kick off the fall seasons. Paul A. Smith, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 7 Sep. 2021 Both groups are waterfowl fans, but sometimes agendas clash. Katy Stech Ferek, WSJ, 20 Aug. 2021 Give your waterfowl dog some upland hunting experience. Tom Carpenter, Field & Stream, 25 Nov. 2019 The law requires all U.S. waterfowl hunters age 16 and older to purchase the stamp each season. Paul A. Smith, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 27 Aug. 2021 The stamps, which cost $25, must be purchased by waterfowl hunters over the age of 16 but are also widely collected by birders, wildlife photographers and conservationists. Katy Stech Ferek, WSJ, 24 Aug. 2021 Required for all waterfowl hunters 16 years of age or older. Matt Williams, Dallas News, 14 Aug. 2021

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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 17 Oct. 2021.

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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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