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greenhead

[green-hed]
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noun
  1. a male mallard.
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Origin of greenhead

First recorded in 1805–15; green + head
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  • We closely followed the line of the wall from Chollerford to Greenhead, a distance of about fifteen miles.

    In Unfamiliar England

    Thomas Dowler Murphy


British Dictionary definitions for greenhead

greenhead

noun
  1. a male mallard
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Word Origin and History for greenhead

n.

1580s, "young, untrained intellect," from green (adj.) + head (n.). As a type of biting fly, by 1837.

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