wildfowl

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wild +‎ fowl

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wildfowl (plural wildfowls or wildfowl)

  1. Any wild bird such as ducks, geese or swans.
    • 1785, William Cowper, The Task: A Poem in Six Books, London: J. Johnson, Book 4, p. 168,[1]
      [] Whoso seeks an audit here
      Propitious, pays his tribute, game or fish,
      Wildfowl or ven’son, and his errand speeds.
    • 1980, J. M. Coetzee, Waiting for the Barbarians, London: Secker & Wartburg, Chapter 3, p. 81,
      In these early days of the journey we eat well. We have brought salted meat, flour, beans, dried fruit, and there are wildfowl to shoot.
  2. Waterfowl.

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wildfowl (third-person singular simple present wildfowls, present participle wildfowling, simple past and past participle wildfowled)

  1. To hunt wildfowl.
    • 2005, Plato, Sophist. Translation by Lesley Brown. 220b.
      The hunting of the kind of winged creatures, taken as a whole, is called wildfowling.

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