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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Waterfowl \Wa"ter*fowl`\, n. Any bird that frequents the water, or lives about rivers, lakes, etc., or on or near the sea; an aquatic fowl; -- used also collectively. [1913 Webster] Note: Of aquatic fowls, some are waders, or furnished with long legs; others are swimmers, or furnished with webbed feet. [1913 Webster]