One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
The spur-winged goose, Plectropterus gambensis, a large goose-like waterfowl common throughout sub-Saharan Africa.
Late 17th century; earliest use found in Francis Willughby (1635–1672), naturalist. Origin unknown. The equivalent name in Willughby's Latin text is gambensis (in Anser gambensis), but it is unclear whether the Latin name is modelled on the English one or vice versa.
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