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Definition of Goose


  1. Any large web-footen bird of the subfamily Anserinae, and belonging to Anser, Branta, Chen, and several allied genera. See Anseres.
  2. Any large bird of other related families, resembling the common goose.
  3. A tailor's smoothing iron, so called from its handle, which resembles the neck of a goose.
  4. A silly creature; a simpleton.
  5. A game played with counters on a board divided into compartments, in some of which a goose was depicted.

Goose Quotations

Some animals are cunning and evil-disposed, as the fox; others, as the dog, are fierce, friendly, and fawning. Some are gentle and easily tamed, as the elephant; some are susceptible of shame, and watchful, as the goose. Some are jealous and fond of ornament, as the peacock.

The early Celtic Christians called the Holy Spirit 'the wild goose.' And the reason why is they knew that you cannot tame him.
John Eldredge

A fox should not be on the jury at a goose's trial.
Thomas Fuller

The snow goose need not bathe to make itself white. Neither need you do anything but be yourself.
Lao Tzu

What is sauce for the goose is sauce for the gander.
Marcus Terentius Varro
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Goose Translations

goose in Dutch is gans
goose in Finnish is hanhi
goose in French is oie
goose in German is Gans
goose in Italian is oca
goose in Latin is anser
goose in Portuguese is ganso
goose in Spanish is oca, ganso
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