whistling swan


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whis·tling swan

(wĭs′lĭng, hwĭs′-)
n.
A subspecies (Cygnus columbianus subsp. columbianus) of the tundra swan found in North America and having a clear, honking call and a black beak with a yellow spot at the base.

[Named by Meriwether Lewis after its call, the first part of which reminded him of whistling.]
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whistling swan

n
(Animals) a white North American swan, Cygnus columbianus, with a black bill and straight neck. Compare mute swan
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whis′tling swan′


n.
a North American swan, Cygnus columbianus columbianus, a subspecies of the tundra swan.
[1775–85]
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Noun1.whistling swan - North American subspecies of tundra swan having a soft whistling notewhistling swan - North American subspecies of tundra swan having a soft whistling note
Cygnus columbianus, tundra swan - swan that nests in tundra regions of the New and Old Worlds
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