TITLE

Goose

PUB. DATE
January 2009
SOURCE
World Book Science Dataset;1/1/2009, p1
SOURCE TYPE
Encyclopedia
DOC. TYPE
Reference Entry
ABSTRACT
Goose, a waterfowl belonging to the same family as ducks and swans. Geese are larger and heavier than ducks, and have longer necks, but are smaller and have shorter necks than swans. They vary widely in size according to the species, ranging in length from 22 to 45 inches (56�114 cm). They also vary in color and markings. Geese have a worldwide range, and were perhaps the first poultry to be domesticated. They are bred for their meat and eggs, and as pets and for ornamental purposes. Until steel nibs were invented, goose quills were used for writing pens. Goose feathers have long been used as stuffing for mattresses and pillows.
ACCESSION #
37309580

 

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