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 Maddox said computer models predict a good population of waterfowl for the 2021-2022 season, which means regulations will basically stay the same as last year. Frank Sargeant, al, 24 Nov. 2021 The national wildlife refuges at Tule Lake and Lower Klamath are home to tens of thousands of waterfowl and are major stops for migratory birds on the Pacific Flyway. Washington Post, 22 Nov. 2021 Many of the waterfowl and their offspring do not survive, falling victim to dogs and a lack of food. Scott D. Pierce, The Salt Lake Tribune, 23 Sep. 2021 Four of us sat within the large blind, brush separating us and helping to conceal movement from the ever-watchful eyes of the waterfowl that would circle and sometimes swoop into the decoys spread before us. Steve Meyer, Anchorage Daily News, 18 Sep. 2021 For about a century from the mid-1800s, the Currituck Sound was renowned for duck hunting when millions of waterfowl wintered there. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, 8 July 2021 Unquestionably, the drake wood duck is the most beautiful of all waterfowl, with the female also being more colorful than the females of other species. Jim Gilbert, Star Tribune, 27 May 2021 The lake is bound by a dam at the head of Grapevine Canyon where acres of reeds serve as camouflage for waterfowl like ospreys, great blue herons and ducks as well as herds of elk and pronghorn that roam the area. Mare Czinar, The Arizona Republic, 16 July 2021 The event will also feature the Wisconsin Duck and Goose Calling Championships as well as judging for state waterfowl, turkey and pheasant stamps. Paul A. Smith, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 30 July 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 6 Dec. 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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