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Definition of Goose

  GOOSE   noun
A bird that supplies quills for writing.  These, by some occult process of nature, are penetrated and suffused with various degrees of the bird's intellectual energies and emotional character, so that when inked and drawn mechanically across paper by a person called an 'author,' there results a very fair and accurate transcript of the fowl's thought and feeling.  The difference in geese, as discovered by this ingenious method, is considerable:  many are found to have only trivial and insignificant powers, but some are seen to be very great geese indeed.

Devil's Dictionarydefinition from:
The Devil's Dictionary
by Ambrose Bierce, 1911

Regular definition:
???u:s n. & v. --n. (pl. geese) 1 a any of various large water-birds of the family Anatidae, with short legs, webbed feet, and a broad bill. b the female of this (opp. GANDER). c the flesh of a goose as food. 2 colloq. a simpleton. 3 (pl. gooses) a tailor's smoothing-iron, having a handle like a goose's neck. --v.tr. sl. poke (a person) in the bottom. øgoose bumps US = goose-flesh. goose-egg US a zero score in a game. goose-flesh (or -pimples or -skin) a bristling state of the skin produced by cold or fright. goose-step a military marching step in which the knees are kept stiff. [OE gos f. Gmc]

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