- a North American wild duck, Aythya valisineria, the male of which has a whitish back and a reddish-brown head and neck.
Origin of canvasback
An Americanism dating back to 1595–1605; after the canvaslike color of its back
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Examples from the Web for canvasback
Canvasback ducks are considered the finest of the water-fowls for the table.
The canvasback duck is so called from the appearance of the feathers on the back.
The Redhead closely resembles in flavor the Canvasback, and often is mistaken for it.The Century Cook Book
He is a twin brother of the Canvasback, and quite as good to eat.Citizen Bird
Mabel Osgood Wright and Elliott Coues
The red-head, both species of the scaups, the canvasback and the ruddy are commonly found on the fresh-waters.Game Birds and Game Fishes of the Pacific Coast
Harry Thom Payne
- a North American diving duck, Aythyra valisineria, the male of which has a white body and reddish-brown head
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