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  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Geese  \Geese\,  n., 
  pl  of  {Goose}. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Goose  \Goose\  (g[=oo]s),  n.;  pl  {Geese}  (g[=e]s).  [OE.  gos,  AS 
  g[=o]s,  pl  g[=e]s;  akin  to  D.  &  G.  gans,  Icel.  g[=a]s,  Dan. 
  gaas,  Sw  g[*a]s,  Russ.  guse.  OIr.  geiss,  L.  anser,  for 
  hanser,  Gr  chh`n,  Skr.  ha[.m]sa.  [root]233.  Cf  {Gander}, 
  {Gannet},  {Ganza},  {Gosling}.]  (Zo["o]l.) 
  1.  Any  large  web-footen  bird  of  the  subfamily  {Anserin[ae]}, 
  and  belonging  to  {Anser},  {Branta},  {Chen},  and  several 
  allied  genera.  See  {Anseres}. 
 
  Note:  The  common  domestic  goose  is  believed  to  have  been 
  derived  from  the  European  graylag  goose  ({Anser 
  anser}).  The  bean  goose  ({A.  segetum}),  the  American 
  wild  or  Canada  goose  ({Branta  Canadensis}),  and  the 
  bernicle  goose  ({Branta  leucopsis})  are  well  known 
  species.  The  American  white  or  snow  geese  and  the  blue 
  goose  belong  to  the  genus  {Chen}.  See  {Bernicle}, 
  {Emperor  goose},  under  {Emperor},  {Snow  goose},  {Wild 
  goose},  {Brant}. 
 
  2.  Any  large  bird  of  other  related  families,  resembling  the 
  common  goose. 
 
  Note:  The  Egyptian  or  fox  goose  ({Alopochen  [AE]gyptiaca}) 
  and  the  African  spur-winged  geese  ({Plectropterus}) 
  belong  to  the  family  {Plectropterid[ae]}.  The 
  Australian  semipalmated  goose  ({Anseranas  semipalmata}) 
  and  Cape  Barren  goose  ({Cereopsis 
  Nov[ae]-Hollandi[ae]})  are  very  different  from  northern 
  geese,  and  each  is  made  the  type  of  a  distinct  family. 
  Both  are  domesticated  in  Australia. 
 
  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. 
 
  The  pictures  placed  for  ornament  and  use  The  twelve 
  good  rules  the  royal  game  of  goose.  --Goldsmith. 
 
  {A  wild  goose  chase},  an  attempt  to  accomplish  something 
  impossible  or  unlikely  of  attainment. 
 
  {Fen  goose}.  See  under  {Fen}. 
 
  {Goose  barnacle}  (Zo["o]l.),  any  pedunculated  barnacle  of  the 
  genus  {Anatifa}  or  {Lepas};  --  called  also  {duck 
  barnacle}.  See  {Barnacle},  and  {Cirripedia}. 
 
  {Goose  cap},  a  silly  person.  [Obs.]  --Beau.  &  . 
 
  {Goose  corn}  (Bot.),  a  coarse  kind  of  rush  ({Juncus 
  squarrosus}). 
 
  {Goose  feast},  Michaelmas.  [Colloq.  Eng.] 
 
  {Goose  flesh},  a  peculiar  roughness  of  the  skin  produced  by 
  cold  or  fear;  --  called  also  {goose  skin}. 




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