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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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  • In addition we got some grey duck, gadwall, and a number of garganey and pochard.

    Wild Ducks W. Coape Oates
  • Another of the well-known marine ducks is the pochard, or dun-bird.

    Poachers and Poaching John Watson
  • pochard - 140 -saw you eating it half an hour ago as he passed.

    The Real Latin Quarter F. Berkeley Smith
  • 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.

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

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

    Unexplored Spain Abel Chapman
  • 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.

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

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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