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  • n. An animal born to a male swan and a female goose
  • n. A person or thing sharing the characteristics of two otherwise separate groups; a hybrid (also see Swoose)
  • n. A stupid person (also see goose)


Blend of swan and goose (Wiktionary)


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  • “A bird prodigy of evil and hybrid character is the despair of a Norfolk farmer. It rejoices in the name of the “swoose”, a portmanteau word indicating its origin, for its father was a swan and its mother a goose. This ill-assorted pair had three children — three “sweese”.

    Daily Mail, 13 July 1920."
    As quoted in Word Wide Words, by Michael Quinion, May 15, 2010

    May 15, 2010