Geese are waterfowl belonging to the tribe Anserini of the family Anatidae. This tribe comprises the genera Anser (the grey geese), Branta (the black geese) and Chen (the white geese). A number of other birds, mostly related to the shelducks, have "goose" as part of their name. More distantly related members of the Anatidae family are swans, most of which are larger than true geese, and ducks, which are smaller.
Famous quotes containing the word goose:
“They give me goose pimples on top of my goose pimples.”
—Griffin Jay, Maxwell Shane (19051983)
“Call Tullias ape a marmasyte
And Ledas goose a swan.”
—Unknown. Fara Diddle Dyno (l. 78)
“The man in the wilderness said to me,
How many strawberries grow in the sea?
I answered him as I thought good,
As many red herrings as grow in the wood.”
—Mother Goose (fl. 17th18th century. The man in the wilderness (l. 14)