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Definition: A wild goose chase
(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
1. Any large web-footen bird of the subfamily Anserin[ae]
and belonging to Anser
, 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
, under Emperor
, Snow goose
, Wild goose
2. Any large bird of other related families, resembling the
Note: The Egyptian or fox goose (Alopochen [AE]gyptiaca
and the African spur-winged geese (Plectropterus
belong to the family Plectropterid[ae]
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.
A wild goose chase
, an attempt to accomplish something
impossible or unlikely of attainment.
. See under Fen
(Zo["o]l.), any pedunculated barnacle of the
; -- called also duck barnacle
. See Barnacle
, and Cirripedia
, a silly person. [Obs.] --Beau. & .
(Bot.), a coarse kind of rush (Juncus squarrosus
, Michaelmas. [Colloq. Eng.]
(a) A plant of the genus Galium
favorite food of geese; -- called also catchweed
(b) A species of knotgrass (Polygonum aviculare
(c) The annual spear grass (Poa annua
, anything, as a rod of iron or a pipe, curved
like the neck of a goose; specially (Naut.), an iron hook
connecting a spar with a mast.
, a large feather or quill of a goose; also, a
pen made from it.
. See Goose flesh
(Bot.), a composite plant (Achillea ptarmica
), growing wild in the British islands.
. (Zo["o]l.) See Phalarope
. (Zo["o]l.) See Gannet