• Mother Goose
    Mother Goose
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v goose give a spurt of fuel to "goose the car"
    • v goose prod into action
    • v goose pinch in the buttocks "he goosed the unsuspecting girl"
    • n goose web-footed long-necked typically gregarious migratory aquatic birds usually larger and less aquatic than ducks
    • n goose flesh of a goose (domestic or wild)
    • n goose a man who is a stupid incompetent fool
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Additional illustrations & photos:

In the salt water wuz sharks, torpedoes, dog fishes, goose-fishes, weak-fish In the salt water wuz sharks, torpedoes, dog fishes, goose-fishes, weak-fish
The princess changes clothes with the goose-girl The princess changes clothes with the goose-girl
Get up and don't be a goose Get up and don't be a goose
Mother Goose flying on goose Mother Goose flying on goose
Jack to buy goose Jack to buy goose

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The "Spruce Goose" flew on November 2, 1947, for one mile, at a maximum altitude of 70 feet. Built by Howard Hughes, it is the largest aircraft ever built, the 140-ton eight-engine seaplane, made of birch, has a wingspan of 320 feet. It was built as a prototype troop transport. Rejected by the Pentagon, Hughes put the plane into storage, never to be flown again.
    • Goose 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 ."
    • Goose A silly creature; a simpleton.
    • Goose A tailor's smoothing iron, so called from its handle, which resembles the neck of a goose.
    • Goose Any large bird of other related families, resembling the common goose.
    • Goose Any large web-footen bird of the subfamily Anserinæ, and belonging to Anser Branta Chen, and several allied genera. See Anseres.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: "Colonial goose" is the name Australians give to stuffed mutton.
    • n goose Any bird of the family Anatidæ and subfamily Anserinæ, of which there are about 40 species of several genera, as well as different varieties of the domesticated bird. See phrases below. Geese are technically distinguished from swans and from ducks by the combination of feathered lores, reticulate tarsi, stout bill high at the base, and simple hind toe. The neck is shorter than in swans, and usually longer than in ducks; the sexes are usually similar, contrary to the rule among ducks. Geese stand higher and walk better than ducks; as a rule they are less decidedly aquatic and more herbivorous, the cæca being more highly developed in consequence. Geese have a peculiar cry or call known as honking, and also utter a hissing sound. The flesh of most geese is highly esteemed. The tame goose in all its varieties is supposed to be descended from the graylag or common wild goose of Europe, A. ferus; but some other related species may have contributed to the domestic stock. The pure-white variety is entirely artificial, and not related to the snow-geese of the genus Chen. The male of the goose is called gander, and the young of either sex gosling.
    • n goose A silly, foolish person; a simpleton: in allusion to the supposed stupidity of the domestic goose, inferred from its somewhat clumsy appearance and motions.
    • n goose A tailors' smoothing-iron: so called from the resemblance of its handle to the neck of a goose.
    • n goose A game of chance formerly common in England. It was played on a card divided into small compartments numbered from 1 to 62, arranged in a spiral figure around a central open space, on which, at the beginning of the game, the stakes were laid, and during the game any forfeits paid. It was played by two or more persons with two dice, and the numbers that turned up to each designated the number of the compartment by which he might advance his mark or counter. It was called the game of goose because at every fourth and fifth compartment in succession a goose was depicted on the card, and, if the throw of the dice carried the counter of the player on a goose, he might move forward double the actual number thrown. Strutt.
    • n goose A piece used in the game of fox and geese.
    • n goose The European graylaggoose.
    • goose To hiss at; hiss down; condemn by hissing.
    • n goose In keno, the globe from which the numbered balls are withdrawn.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Goose gōōs (pl. Geese) a web-footed animal like a duck, but larger and stronger: a tailor's smoothing-iron, from the likeness of the handle to the neck of a goose: a stupid, silly person: a game of chance once common in England, in which the players moved counters forward from one compartment on a board to another, the right to a double move being secured when the card bearing the picture of a goose was reached
    • v.t Goose (slang) to hiss off the stage
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  • Nathaniel Hawthorne
    “Happiness in this world, when it comes, comes incidentally. Make it the object of pursuit, and it leads us a wild-goose chase, and is never attained.”
  • Oliver Wendell Holmes
    “A goose flies by a chart which the Royal Geographical Society could not mend.”
  • Thomas Fuller
    “A fox should not be of the jury at a goose's trial.”
  • Source Unknown
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    “Whether a fellow winds up with a nest egg or a goose egg depends a heap on the kind of chick he married.”
  • Lao-Tzu
    “The snow goose need not bathe to make itself white. Neither need you do anything but be yourself.”
  • Charles Haddon Spurgeon
    “The goose that lays the golden eggs likes to lay where there are eggs already.”


Cook someone's goose - If you cook someone's goose, you ruin their plans.
Kill the goose that lays the golden egg - If you kill the goose that lays the golden egg, you ruin something that is very profitable.
What's good for the goose is good for the gander - This idiom means that the sexes should be treated the same way and not be subjected to different standards.
Wild goose chase - A wild goose chase is a waste of time- time spent trying to do something unsuccessfully.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. gos, AS. gōs, pl. gēs,; akin to D. & G. gans, Icel. gās, Dan. gaas, Sw. gås, Russ. guse,. OIr. geiss, L. anser, for hanser, Gr. chh`n, Skr. haṃsa,. √233. Cf. Gander Gannet Ganza Gosling


In literature:

We saw vast numbers of the large black goose walking about slowly and feeding.
"In the Wilds of Africa" by W.H.G. Kingston
An' ye've cooked yer goose, an' now ye're loose F'r to folly the goats!
"The Book of Humorous Verse" by Various
There is a very beautiful goose called the Egyptian Goose, or goose of the Nile.
"Mamma's Stories about Birds" by Anonymous (AKA the author of "Chickseed without Chickweed")
That leading goose goes by the name of Capt.
"The Nursery, November 1873, Vol. XIV. No. 5" by Various
Daniel was standing in the vegetable market before the Goose Man Fountain, eating apples.
"The Goose Man" by Jacob Wassermann
You will gorge the goose that it may be the more palatable.
"The Secret Witness" by George Gibbs
Dorothy Morton walked along in a stately fashion, led by an old gray goose.
"The Automobile Girls in the Berkshires" by Laura Dent Crane
Birds of the goose tribe.
"The Sailor's Word-Book" by William Henry Smyth
I carena whether the tod worry the goose, or the goose worry the tod.
"The Proverbs of Scotland" by Alexander Hislop
It was sprung, and there was a goose's quill stickin' in it.
"The Huntress" by Hulbert Footner

In poetry:

Against Sir Hugh Mountgomerye,
So right the shaft he sett,
The grey goose-wing that was thereon
In his harts bloode was wett.
"The More Modern Ballad of Chevy Chace" by Anonymous British
And THE MORAL: It isn't much use,
As the woodcutter found to be true,
To lay for an innocent goose
Just because she is laying for you.
"The Unusual Goose And The Imbecilic Woodcutter" by Guy Wetmore Carryl
For he can run, as swift as sound,
To where his goose may hang high-
Or thrust his head against the ground
And tunnel half to Shanghai;
"Parable For A Certain Virgin" by Dorothy Parker
Ees, Thomas, ees.
Why, I'm a-gettèn rid ov ev'ry goose
An' goslèn I've a-got: an' what is woose,
I fear that I must zell my little cow.
"Eclogue:--The Common A-Took In" by William Barnes
Still let thy woodlands hide the hare,
The shy loon sound his trumpet-note,
Wing-weary from his fields of air,
The wild-goose on thee float.
"Kenoza Lake" by John Greenleaf Whittier
So away to the poultry shop he goes,
And bought the goose, as he did propose,
And for it he paid one crown,
The finest, he thought, in London town.
"The Christmas Goose" by William Topaz McGonagall

In news:

The Rockford Park District's Volunteer Goose Management Program will parade up and down the Rock River Recreation Path beginning at 10 am, Saturday, Oct 20.
A man filed suit against another man for a 2010 car crash in Goose Lake Township, according to court records.
Goose Bay 2007 Sauvignon Blanc (Marlborough, New Zealand), $15.
Reducing the goose population in Madison.
Hosted by Tom Edwards Reducing the goose population in Madison.
Union Rags prepares for a run in the Nov 5 Grey Goose Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr.
You might even get goose bumps.
Large ice cream waffle cones are a treat at Snow Goose Produce Market near La Conner, Wash.
Elizabeth Schmitt, 10, of Goose Creek, examines a model of the CSS Planter, the boat that escaped-slave-turned-congressman Robert Smalls commandeered during the Civil War.
Fish and Wildlife Service searching for best way to lower snow goose population.
What's the Best Way to Cook a Snow Goose .
An Early Snow Goose Option.
And, when it comes to bird hunting, it is hard not to love the spring snow goose migration.
Bosses would speed up the line to fill a big order, to goose profits, or to punish a restive workforce.
During duck and goose season is that kind of place.

In science:

GOOSE: a goal-oriented search engine with commonsense.
Mass data exploration in oncology: An information synthesis approach
Two goose is geese (Allan Sherman, c. 1960).
Astrophysics in 2006
However, results on the Spotted Sandpiper, Actidis macularia, the Wilson's Phalarope, Phalaropus tricolour, the Bar-headed Goose, Anser indicus, the Common Eider and the Bantam hen, Gallus domesticus, mitigate this assumption (Dittami, 1981; Oring et al., 1986, 1988; Sharp et al., 1988; Criscuolo et al., 2002).
Post-hatching parental care behaviour and hormonal status in a precocial bird
The breeding behaviour of the pink-footed goose: parental care and vigilant behaviour during the fledging period.
Post-hatching parental care behaviour and hormonal status in a precocial bird
In the table the first three columns show the average P-values for all zero (0x00) input, all 0xFF input and a text taken from Aesop fables ( “From the Goose and the Golden Eggs”).
Efficient Quasigroup Block Cipher for Sensor Networks