Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A wild game bird, such as a duck, goose, or quail.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Any wild bird such as ducks, geese or swans.
  • n. waterfowl
  • v. To hunt a wildfowl.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. flesh of any of a number of wild game birds suitable for food

Etymologies

wild +‎ fowl (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Flu can start with reptiles, spread to birds such as wildfowl in the jungles of Vietnam or wherever, and then be carried across the world when birds migrate.

    Dr. Doom

  • I would show your honour the black lake in the frightful hollow in which the fishes have monstrous heads and little bodies, the lake on which neither swan, duck nor any kind of wildfowl was ever seen to light.

    Wild Wales : Its People, Language and Scenery

  • Had these notes been written from the standpoint of sport, the three familiar groups of birds, which together make up this world-wide aquatic family, might better have borne their alternative title "wildfowl" with its covert sneer at the hand-reared pheasant and artificially encouraged partridge that, between them, furnish so much comfortable sport to those with no fancy for the arduous business of the mudflats.

    Birds in the Calendar

  • The crickets ceased from their sing-song chant, the wildfowl from their squabbling, and the raven croak broke midmost and died away in gasping silence.

    THE MARRIAGE TO LIT-LIT

  • Liberal England knows of no evidence to suggest that members of the travelling community are behaving inappropriately towards those who choose to express a wildfowl identity.

    Are Gypsies Molesting Britain's Swans?

  • • Holland Park Theatre W8, 0300 999 1000, operahollandpark.comThe London Wetland Centre is the best place to go bird-watching in the capital, from wetland birds and wildfowl to migrating species such as ospreys.

    10 of the best outdoor activities in London

  • Others can migrate as late as November, when winter thrushes and wildfowl continue to arrive in their thousands from Siberia, Spitsbergen and Iceland to spend the winter here in Britain.

    Weatherwatch: Early autumn bird migration

  • The live locations include the wetlands at Slimbridge reserve in Gloucestershire, where kingfishers, otters and 35,000 wildfowl are all potential stars, and the National Arboretum at Westonbirt, which will probably be worth a visit for the stunning seasonal colours alone.

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  • Experts have told of their surprise after witnessing a rare "divorce" between a pair of swans at a Gloucestershire wildfowl sanctuary.

    Will Rogers: Once-In-a-Generation Conservation Opportunities, From Cities to the Wilderness

  • Though they are not accepting volunteers at this time, you can help by making a donation to support their ongoing wildfowl rehabilitation efforts or by adopting a bird through their website.

    The Gulf Still Needs Your Help: Get Involved With The Recovery

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