wild goose

plural wild geese

Definition of wild goose

1 : an undomesticated goose: such as
a England : greylag
b : canada goose
2 : an Irish Jacobite who left Ireland after the abdication of James II and served in the French army broadly : an expatriate Irishman

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History and Etymology for wild goose

Middle English wilde gos, from Old English wilde gōs, from wilde wild + gōs goose

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“Wild goose.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/wild%20goose. Accessed 2 Dec. 2020.

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