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  • WordNet 3.6
    • n waterfowl freshwater aquatic bird
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Waterfowl Any bird that frequents the water, or lives about rivers, lakes, etc., or on or near the sea; an aquatic fowl; -- used also collectively.☞ Of aquatic fowls, some are waders, or furnished with long legs; others are swimmers, or furnished with webbed feet.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n waterfowl Same as water-birds.
    • n waterfowl In a restricted sense, swimming birds, especially those which, as the Anseres, are used for food or for any reason engage the attention of sportsmen.
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In literature:

The waterfowl called sleepily.
"The History of Sir Richard Calmady" by Lucas Malet
Ducks and other waterfowl swarmed to them.
"The Black Phantom" by Leo Edward Miller
She knew now why the waterfowl had circled all day so restlessly: they too had known the age-old fear of the northern winter.
"The Snowshoe Trail" by Edison Marshall
The other waterfowl of the lake acted in an ordinary way, and therefore need no description.
"Birds of the Rockies" by Leander Sylvester Keyser
Fish abounded in the Nile, waterfowl in the marshes.
"The International Magazine, Volume 2, No. 3, February, 1851" by Various
There were plump young pigeons and hares and rabbits to be had, and very often he came in for waterfowl by the river.
"Little Folks (November 1884)" by Various
Other than waterfowl had chosen this secluded spot for their favourite dwelling-place.
"The Quadroon" by Mayne Reid
A shot at the waterfowl, therefore, could not be thought of.
"The Plant Hunters" by Mayne Reid
Only Ivan had a barrel loaded; and this, unfortunately, was with small shot, which he had been keeping for waterfowl.
"Bruin" by Mayne Reid
With teeth of the cinnamon and grizzly we made chains for our necks, and with breasts of waterfowl we made aprons.
"The Trail of a Sourdough" by May Kellogg Sullivan
The next bin contains the seed for the waterfowl.
"The Cat of Bubastes" by G. A. Henty
The interior was the resort of waterfowl; and the pools and creeks with which it was intercepted abounded in dormant alligators.
"The History of the First West India Regiment" by A. B. Ellis
Flocks of waterfowl were seen overhead, flying to the north.
"Adventurers of the Far North" by Stephen Leacock
They were covered with waterfowl.
"Gold" by Stewart White
He was above the forest now, and had entered the borders of the great barren where the waterfowl had their homes along the solitary pools.
"Dusty Star" by Olaf Baker
If there are no Alemanni, there will be plenty of rare waterfowl to hunt.
"A Captive of the Roman Eagles" by Felix Dahn
The place was full of all kinds of odd-looking waterfowl.
"With the World's Great Travellers, Volume 2" by Various
There she sat for a moment watching a pelican flop on his island, the waterfowl race and dive.
"A Bed of Roses" by W. L. George
Waterfowl were again seen and caught in abundance.
"The Australian Explorers" by George Grimm
It is a peculiar formation and is much sought by waterfowl for resting and toilet purposes.
"British Secret Service During the Great War" by Nicholas Everitt

In poetry:

The years are a thousand
Since, broken and scattered,
We wander in exile,
Like waterfowl lost in
The depths of the desert.
"Invocation" by Shlomo ibn Gabirol

In news:

Ketring Lake in Littleton, Colorado attracts all kinds of waterfowl starting in September.
Protecting our nation's waters and wetland is critical for maintaining waterfowl populations.
Learn all you could ever want to know about ducks and geese DU biologists have accumulated a wealth of research and findings about waterfowl and their behavior.
Youth Waterfowl/Upland Bird Clinic at Freezeout Lake WMA.
If you've ever wanted to learn the fine points of waterfowl hunting, plan to attend a seminar on Dec 1 in Montrose.
Wintering waterfowl will find 'one of the worst' food supplies at Wheeler National Wildlife Refuge.
One of the sparsest winter feeding grounds in recent memory awaits migrating waterfowl at Wheeler National Wildlife Refuge.
(AP) — The Wyoming Game and Fish Department predicts that waterfowl hunting will be good this year as long as waters remain open.
The 2012–13 water­fowl hunt­ing sea­son dates have been approved by the Ohio Wildlife Coun­cil, accord­ing to the Ohio Depart­ment of Nat­ural Resources' ( ODNR ) Divi­sion of Wildlife.
Hagerman, Idaho (KMVT-TV) Local kids are learning the ins and outs of waterfowl hunting thanks to an Idaho Fish and Game program.
The Utah Waterfowl Association will host its eighth annual Youth Fair at the Farmington Bay Waterfowl Management Area Sataurday.
My son Tyler is becoming quite the waterfowl hunter.
Our youth have an opportunity to learn about duck hunting from experts with the Youth Waterfowl Hunt, sponsored by Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.
Why You Should Pattern Your Shotgun For Waterfowl Hunting.
There are likely many families that can rival the Haydels when it comes to anticipation for the upcoming waterfowl season, but darned few than can beat them.

In science:

Environmental and endocrine control of waterfowl reproduction.
Post-hatching parental care behaviour and hormonal status in a precocial bird
Batt et al. (Eds.), The ecology and management of breeding waterfowl.
Post-hatching parental care behaviour and hormonal status in a precocial bird
Ecology and management of postbreeding waterfowl.
Post-hatching parental care behaviour and hormonal status in a precocial bird
The adaptative radiation of parental care in waterfowl.
Post-hatching parental care behaviour and hormonal status in a precocial bird