from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n.pl. A Linnæan order of aquatic birds swimming by means of webbed feet, as the duck, or of lobed feet, as the grebe. In this order were included the geese, ducks, auks, divers, gulls, petrels, etc.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- In the Linnean system (1766), the third order of birds, including all “water-birds,” or palmipeds, and equivalent to the series Natatores of modern naturalists.
- An order or suborder of birds corresponding to the Lamellirostres of Cuvier, or to the Chenomorphœ of Huxley: in this sense of nearly the same extent as the family Anatidœ, or lamellirostral birds exclusive of the flamingos.
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- n. used in some especially older classifications; coextensive with the family Anatidae
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In medieval Paris it was called in Latin vitus ubi coquntur anseres, “the street where geese are cooked.”
Vidi in illa insula aues ita magnas sicut sunt hic anseres, habentes duo capita, et alia mirabilia quæ non scribo.
Et quemadmodum omnes isti miseri aperte delirant, præcipue ii quos zeli æstus eousque deducit, ut tanquam bacchantes aut cerriti per plateas, domos, templa, absque ullo ordine et respectu cursitantes concionentur, et interdum _anseres, equos, vel oves_ (cujus rei ibi satis frequentia exempla occurrunt) dum eis homines aures præbere nolunt, ad suas opiniones convertere tentent. "