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black duck

any of several ducks having dusky or black plumage, as Anas rubripes, of the northeastern U.S. and Canada.
Origin of black duck
First recorded in 1630-40 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • It is known on almost all parts of the coast as the “black duck.”

    British Sea Birds Charles Dixon
  • The leader evidently had a strain of black duck in her blood.

    Wild Folk

    Samuel Scoville
  • It also becomes juicy and is as good eating as black duck or teal.

    Canadian Wilds Martin Hunter
  • But the black duck is an expert at concealment, even in the open.

    The Silent Places Steward Edward White
  • The black duck is full as large as the other, and good Meat.

  • The black duck had a hard time of it from the beginning—that is, from the beginning of her life on the farm.

  • On the other hand, Blackie had all the wariness and sagacity of the black duck, than whom there is no wiser bird.

    Wild Folk

    Samuel Scoville
  • And after that Puss pounded on the kitchen door and shouted, "The fox has run off with the black duck!"

  • He is the “black duck” of Thomas Atkins that remains on the jhil after all the duck have disappeared.

    Birds of the Plains Douglas Dewar
  • Our black duck does not change color with the season, nor is the male different in color from the female.

    An Australian Bird Book John Albert Leach

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