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gadwall Tweet Definition of gadwall Like Definition of gadwall on Facebook
noun (plural )
  1. A common and widespread dabbling duck which breeds in the northern hemisphere.
galah Tweet Definition of galah Like Definition of galah on Facebook
noun
  1. A pink and grey species of cockatoo native to Australia. Scientific name: Eolophus roseicapilla.
  2. (AU, slang) An idiot, particularly when driving.
That nearly drove me off the road.
gander Tweet Definition of gander Like Definition of gander on Facebook
noun
  1. A male goose.
  2. (slang, used only with "have" and "take") A look.
Have a at what he"s written.
gannet Tweet Definition of gannet Like Definition of gannet on Facebook
noun (pluralgannets)
  1. Any large seabird in the genus Morus, that have black and white bodies and long pointed wings, and which hunt for fish by diving from a height into the sea and pursuing their prey underwater.
garganey Tweet Definition of garganey Like Definition of garganey on Facebook
noun (pluralgarganeys)
  1. A small dabbling duck, Anas querquedula, that breeds in much of Europe and western Asia, and winters in Africa.
gobble Tweet Definition of gobble Like Definition of gobble on Facebook
verb (gobbl, ed)
  1. To make the bird-sound of a turkey.
  2. To eat hastily or greedily; to scoff.
He gobbled four hot dogs in three minutes.
gobbler Tweet Definition of gobbler Like Definition of gobbler on Facebook
noun
  1. (slang) A turkey.
  2. (figurative) One who eats food very quickly, without decorum.
godwit Tweet Definition of godwit Like Definition of godwit on Facebook
noun (pluralgodwits)
  1. One of several species of long-billed, wading birds of the genus Limosa, and family Tringidae. They have bills that curve slightly upwards.
goldcrest Tweet Definition of goldcrest Like Definition of goldcrest on Facebook
noun (pluralgoldcrests)
  1. A very small passerine bird, Regulus regulus, that breeds in Eurasia.
golden eagle Tweet Definition of golden eagle Like Definition of golden eagle on Facebook
noun
  1. A large bird of prey, Aquila chrysaetos, that hunts while soaring.
goldeneye Tweet Definition of goldeneye Like Definition of goldeneye on Facebook
noun (wikipedia, Goldeneye (duck))
  1. any of several seaducks, of the genus Bucephala, having black and white plumage; the whistler
  2. any of several lacewings of the family Chrysopidae; the golden-eyed fly
goldfinch Tweet Definition of goldfinch Like Definition of goldfinch on Facebook
noun (plural goldfinches)
  1. A small passerine bird of the finch family; the European Goldfinch, Carduelis carduelis, or the American Goldfinch, Carduelis tristis.
gonys Tweet Definition of gonys Like Definition of gonys on Facebook
noun
  1. The keel or lower outline of a bird's bill, so far as the mandibular ramus, mandibular rami are united.
(webster 1913)      
gooney Tweet Definition of gooney Like Definition of gooney on Facebook
noun (plural gooneys or goonies)
  1. the black-footed albatross, Diomedea nigripes
goosander Tweet Definition of goosander Like Definition of goosander on Facebook
noun (pluralgoosanders)
  1. A merganser, Mergus merganser, of the northern hemisphere. They eat fish and are common on lakes and rivers.
goose Tweet Definition of goose Like Definition of goose on Facebook
noun (geese)
  1. A grazing waterfowl of the family Anatidae, bigger than a duck.
verb (goos, ing)
  1. To pinch someone's buttock.
  2. (slang) To sharply and unexpectedly poke someone's crotch from behind, like a goose biting.
  3. (slang) To gently accelerate an automobile or machine, or give repeated small taps on the accelerator.
  4. (U.K. slang) Of private-hire taxi drivers, to pick up a passenger who has not pre-booked a cab. This is unauthorised under UK licensing conditions.
goshawk Tweet Definition of goshawk Like Definition of goshawk on Facebook
noun
  1. A large bird of prey, Accipiter gentilis, that is widespread throughout the temperate parts of the northern hemisphere, living mainly in coniferous forests.
gosling Tweet Definition of gosling Like Definition of gosling on Facebook
noun
  1. A young goose.
grackle Tweet Definition of grackle Like Definition of grackle on Facebook
noun
  1. Any of several American blackbirds of the genus Quiscalus having iridescent plumage
  2. Any of several Asian myna birds of the genus Gracula
gray jay Tweet Definition of gray jay Like Definition of gray jay on Facebook
noun (wikipedia, Gray Jay)
  1. a mostly gray bird, Perisoreus canadensis, that inhabits coniferous forests of North America
great crested grebe Tweet Definition of great crested grebe Like Definition of great crested grebe on Facebook
noun
  1. A freshwater bird of Europe and Asia. Scientific name: Podiceps cristatus.
great horned owl Tweet Definition of great horned owl Like Definition of great horned owl on Facebook
noun
  1. a large owl, Bubo virginianus, resident in North America, having tufts on its ears
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great tit Tweet Definition of great tit Like Definition of great tit on Facebook
noun
  1. a bird in the Paridae family, binomial name Parus major.
grebe Tweet Definition of grebe Like Definition of grebe on Facebook
noun (pluralgrebes)
  1. One of several swimming birds or divers, of the genus Colymbus (formerly Podiceps), and allied genera, found in the northern parts of America, Europe, and Asia. They have strong, sharp bills, and lobate toes.
greenfinch Tweet Definition of greenfinch Like Definition of greenfinch on Facebook
noun (pluralgreenfinches)
  1. A common Old World finch, Carduelis chloris, that is mainly green with yellow in the wings and tail.
greenshank Tweet Definition of greenshank Like Definition of greenshank on Facebook
noun (pluralgreenshanks)
  1. A wading bird, Tringa nebularia, that has long greenish legs and is native to Eurasia.
green woodpecker Tweet Definition of green woodpecker Like Definition of green woodpecker on Facebook
noun
  1. a European bird, Picus viridis; the yaffle
grouse Tweet Definition of grouse Like Definition of grouse on Facebook
noun (pl=grouse, pl2=grouses)
  1. Any of various game birds of the family ''Tetraonidae which inhabit temperate and subarctic regions of the northern hemisphere.
verb (grous, ing)
  1. To complain or grumble. As in 'Duck or Grouse', often written on low beams in pubs.
adjective (grous, er)
  1. (italbrac, Australian slang) excellent
I had a day.
That food was .
guillemot Tweet Definition of guillemot Like Definition of guillemot on Facebook
noun
  1. Any seabird of the auk family, belonging to the genera Uria and Cepphus. They have black and white bodies and are good at swimming and diving.
guinea fowl Tweet Definition of guinea fowl Like Definition of guinea fowl on Facebook
noun
  1. Any of several African birds of the family Numididae resembling partridges.
gyrfalcon Tweet Definition of gyrfalcon Like Definition of gyrfalcon on Facebook
noun (pluralgyrfalcons)
  1. A large bird of prey that breeds on Arctic coasts and islands of North America, Europe and Asia.

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