The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Goose \Goose\ (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,
Gannet, Ganza, Gosling.] (Zool.)
1. Any large web-footen bird of the subfamily Anserin[ae],
and belonging to Anser, Branta, Chen, 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,
Emperor goose, under Emperor, Snow goose, Wild
2. Any large bird of other related families, resembling the
Note: The Egyptian or fox goose (Alopochen Aegyptiaca) and
the African spur-winged geese (Plectropterus) belong
to the family Plectropterid[ae]. The 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
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.
Fen goose. See under Fen.
Goose barnacle (Zool.), any pedunculated barnacle of the
genus Anatifa or Lepas; -- called also duck
barnacle. See Barnacle, and Cirripedia.
Goose cap, a silly person. [Obs.] --Beau. & .
Goose corn (Bot.), a coarse kind of rush (Juncus
Goose feast, Michaelmas. [Colloq. Eng.]
Goose grass. (Bot.)
(a) A plant of the genus Galium (G. Aparine), a
favorite food of geese; -- called also catchweed and
(b) A species of knotgrass (Polygonum aviculare).
(c) The annual spear grass (Poa annua).
Goose neck, 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.
Goose quill, a large feather or quill of a goose; also, a
pen made from it.
Goose skin. See Goose flesh, above.
Goose tongue (Bot.), a composite plant (Achillea
ptarmica), growing wild in the British islands.
Sea goose. (Zool.) See Phalarope.
Solan goose. (Zool.) See Gannet.