What Is the Proper Name for a Male Swan?

By Staff WriterLast Updated Mar 27, 2020 8:19:59 AM ET
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Male swans are typically called cobs. This word is a variant of a Middle English word, cobbe, which referred to a leader of a group. This is likely where the word, and then the bird, got their connections to masculinity.

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