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[poh-cherd, -kerd] /ˈpoʊ tʃərd, -kərd/
noun, plural pochards (especially collectively) pochard.
an Old World diving duck, Aythya ferina, having a chestnut-red head.
any of various related ducks, as the American redhead.
Origin of pochard
First recorded in 1545-55; origin uncertain Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Anybody with an eye to see could tell that in his youth he must have been as redheaded, as a pochard drake.

    Old Judge Priest Irvin S. Cobb
  • In addition we got some grey duck, gadwall, and a number of garganey and pochard.

    Wild Ducks W. Coape Oates
  • Mistrial had served his novitiate where the pochard is rare.

    The Pace That Kills Edgar Saltus
  • Another of the wild ducks which visited us was the pochard or dunbird.

  • We killed ninety-six, mostly wigeon and pochard, a few mallard and teal, besides twenty snipe.

    Unexplored Spain Abel Chapman
  • They are very similar to those of the pochard, but the down tufts in the nest are darker.

  • pochard - 140 -saw you eating it half an hour ago as he passed.

    The Real Latin Quarter F. Berkeley Smith
  • In winter the pochard was abundant on the coast, but as it was one of the shyest of fowl it was always difficult to approach.

  • A month later, however (in May), we obtained nests both of this pochard and of the Gadwall, both built among rushes on dry ground.

  • No one heard of him for a few years, until he was again recognized as being the same pochard returned again to the Quarter.

    The Real Latin Quarter F. Berkeley Smith
British Dictionary definitions for pochard


noun (pl) -chards, -chard
any of various diving ducks of the genera Aythya and Netta, esp A. ferina of Europe, the male of which has a grey-and-black body and a reddish head
Word Origin
C16: of unknown origin
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