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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. 2017.
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  • It is known on almost all parts of the coast as the “black duck.”

    British Sea Birds Charles Dixon
  • But the black duck is an expert at concealment, even in the open.

    The Silent Places Steward Edward White
  • A black duck and a late bay-breasted warbler were the cause of his undoing.

    Everyday Adventures Samuel Scoville
  • The black duck is full as large as the other, and good Meat.

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

  • And, high over his head, there passed presently a string of black duck.

    If You Touch Them They Vanish Gouverneur Morris
  • And after that Puss pounded on the kitchen door and shouted, "The fox has run off with the black duck!"

  • The most noticeable difference in plumage between this and the black duck is the absence of markings on the chin.

    The Bird Book Chester A. Reed
  • 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

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