Definitions

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The birds of the duck tribe collectively considered; the Anatidæ; water-fowl: sometimes extended to other birds ordinarily pursued as game.

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Examples

  • From afar came the faint cries of myriads of wild-fowl on the nesting-grounds.

    The Wit of Porportuk

  • A wedge of wild-fowl honked low overhead and at sight of the encampment veered swiftly to the north into the smouldering sun.

    IN THE FOREST OF THE NORTH

  • A stray wild-fowl honked somewhere to seaward, and the surf broke limply and hollowly on the sand.

    NAM-BOK THE UNVERACIOUS

  • The story ends in one of London's magnificently evocative passages: A stray wild-fowl honked somewhere to seaward, and the surf broke limply and hollowly on the sand.

    “And must I. . .who am weary, travel always your trail until I die?”

  • “Weel, weel, Mr. Bide-the-Bent, can a man do mair than stand reproved?” said the cooper; “but jest let me ask the women what for they hae dished the wild-fowl before we came.”

    The Bride of Lammermoor

  • YE gied the wild-fowl, the best end of our christening dinner, to a friend of yours, ye auld rudas!

    The Bride of Lammermoor

  • The females withdrew, or rather hurried from the tent, rank and ceremony forgotten, much like a flock of wild-fowl huddled together, against whom the falcon has made a recent stoop.

    The Talisman

  • In rural Anhui province last year, a group of wealthy businessmen, gun-club owners and former army officers organized wild-fowl shoots.

    Staring Down the Barrel: the Rise of Guns in China

  • Kindness and pleasure are the only means to capture this fearful wild-fowl man and keep him constant.

    Memorabilia

  • The pheasant from Colchis, the wild-fowl from African shores,

    Satyricon

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