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ruddy duck

a stiff-tailed American duck, Oxyura jamaicensis, the adult male of which has a brownish-red body, black crown, and white cheeks.
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An Americanism dating back to 1805-15 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • The ruddy duck often dives or swims away from danger rather than flying.

    Ducks at a Distance

    Robert W. Hines
  • Been captured by a gang of Chamber of Commerce men, who are feeding him ruddy duck and terrapin and ten-dollar champagne.

    Torchy Sewell Ford
  • One of the most curious ducks I have ever seen was the ruddy duck, called in the scientific manuals Erismatura rubida.

    Birds of the Rockies

    Leander Sylvester Keyser
  • “We are in great luck to-day,” said Burns, as he cut a ruddy duck in twain.

    A House-Boat on the Styx John Kendrick Bangs
British Dictionary definitions for ruddy duck

ruddy duck

a small duck, Oxyura jamaicensis, that inhabits marshes, ponds, etc, in North America and N South America and has a stiff upright tail. The male has a reddish-brown body and blue bill in the breeding season
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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