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noun, plural shel·ducks, (especially collectively) shel·duck.
  1. a sheldrake.
  2. a female sheldrake.

Origin of shelduck

First recorded in 1700–10; shel(drake) + duck1
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Historical Examples

  • My coat looked rather bulgy, for a Shelduck is nearly as big as a Goose.

    The Journal of a Disappointed Man

    Wilhelm Nero Pilate Barbellion

British Dictionary definitions for shelduck


masculine sheldrake (ˈʃɛlˌdreɪk)

noun plural -ducks, -duck, -drakes or -drake
  1. any of various large usually brightly coloured gooselike ducks, such as Tadorna tadorna (common shelduck), of the Old World

Word Origin

C14 shel, probably from dialect sheld pied; related to Middle Dutch schillede variegated
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