Definition of mute swan in English:

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mute swan

Pronunciation: /ˈmyo͞ot ˌswän/

noun

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The most common Eurasian swan, having white plumage and an orange-red bill with a black knob at the base. Introduced to the northeastern US, its range is expanding along the Atlantic coast and the Great Lakes region.
  • Cygnus olor, family Anatidae.
Example sentences
  • Invasives like mute swans and rock pigeons are wreaking ecological havoc throughout the United States and threatening countless native species.
  • But fly-fishers claim mute swans are stripping these rivers of water crowfoot, an aquatic plant crucial to trout and the insects they eat.
  • On a recent walk I saw a kingfisher skim across the surface and a number of mute swans.

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