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 for goose
From 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.)
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     1. Any large web-footen bird of the subfamily Anserin[ae],
        and belonging to Anser, Branta, Chen, and several
        allied genera. See Anseres.
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     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
           goose, Brant.
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     2. Any large bird of other related families, resembling the
        common goose.
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     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
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     3. A tailor's smoothing iron, so called from its handle,
        which resembles the neck of a goose.
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     4. A silly creature; a simpleton.
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     5. A game played with counters on a board divided into
        compartments, in some of which a goose was depicted.
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              The pictures placed for ornament and use,
              The twelve good rules, the royal game of goose.
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     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.)
        Galium+({G.+Aparine">(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.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      n 1: web-footed long-necked typically gregarious migratory
           aquatic birds usually larger and less aquatic than ducks
      2: a man who is a stupid incompetent fool [syn: fathead,
         goof, goofball, bozo, jackass, goose, cuckoo,
         twat, zany]
      3: flesh of a goose (domestic or wild)
      v 1: pinch in the buttocks; "he goosed the unsuspecting girl"
      2: prod into action
      3: give a spurt of fuel to; "goose the car"

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  68 Moby Thesaurus words for "goose":
     Bantam, Cornish hen, banty, barn-door fowl, barnyard fowl, biddy,
     broiler, brooder, broody hen, caille, canard, caneton, capon,
     chanticleer, chapon, chick, chickabiddy, chicken, chicky, cock,
     cockerel, dindon, domestic fowl, drake, duck, duckling,
     dunghill fowl, faisan, fowl, fryer, game fowl, gander, gobbler,
     gosling, grouse, guinea cock, guinea fowl, guinea hen, hen,
     hen turkey, oie, partlet, partridge, pheasant, pigeon, pigeonneau,
     poulard, poulet, poult, poultry, pullet, quail, roaster, rooster,
     setting hen, silly, silly Billy, silly ass, spring chicken, squab,
     stewing chicken, tom, tom turkey, turkey, turkey gobbler,
     turkey-cock, volaille, wild duck

From The Devil's Dictionary (1881-1906) :

  GOOSE, n.  A bird that supplies quills for writing.  These, by some
  occult process of nature, are penetrated and suffused with various
  degrees of the bird's intellectual energies and emotional character,
  so that when inked and drawn mechanically across paper by a person
  called an "author," there results a very fair and accurate transcript
  of the fowl's thought and feeling.  The difference in geese, as
  discovered by this ingenious method, is considerable:  many are found
  to have only trivial and insignificant powers, but some are seen to be
  very great geese indeed.

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