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eider duck

any of several large sea ducks of the genus Soamateria and allied genera of the Northern Hemisphere, the females of which yield eiderdown.
Origin of eider duck
First recorded in 1850-55 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • That is to say, it was really nothing more than the wing of an eider duck.

  • It is the soft, fine feathers of a bird called the eider duck.

  • They tried the boat and found that it passed over the water as swiftly as an eider duck flies.

    The Central Eskimo Franz Boas
  • The eider duck has a curious method of teaching her young ones to swim.

    Mamma's Stories about Birds Anonymous (AKA the author of "Chickseed without Chickweed")
  • There the eider duck builds its nest and spends the brief summer of the Arctic.

    My Attainment of the Pole Frederick A. Cook
  • The food of the eider duck consists of minute marine insects, crustaceans, and shellfish, especially mussels and small crabs.

    British Sea Birds Charles Dixon
  • An eider duck's nest was found fully one hundred yards from the water, unsheltered on the rocks, with five eggs and clean down.

  • What will be the ultimate effect of plucking geese's quills, and of the eider duck's abstraction of the down from her breast?

  • The eider duck, though remarkable for beauty of plumage, is nevertheless a very clumsy bird.

    Reptiles and Birds Louis Figuier
  • The party then went down to the Cobb to look at the eider duck, and were very well satisfied with her appearance.

    Boscobel: or, the royal oak William Harrison Ainsworth

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