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Anatine \An"a*tine\, a. [L. anatinus, fr. anas, anatis, a duck.] (Zo["o]l.) Of or pertaining to the ducks; ducklike.


a. 1 (context zoology English) Being of the family ''Anatidae'', comprising the swans, geese, and ducks. 2 Pertaining to or resembling a duck; ducklike.

Usage examples of "anatine".

I took refuge in wild theorizing, if Angels be the next higher being from Man, perhaps the Duck had 'morphos'd into some Anatine Equivalent, acting as my Guardian, purely, as an Angel might        Or, perhaps, as Ducklings, when their Mother is not available, will follow any creature that happens along, so might not an Automaton, but newly aware of its Destiny as a Duck, easily fasten upon the first human, say, willing to remain and chat, rather than go running off in terror, and come to define this attachment as Love?