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black duck

noun

  1. any of several ducks having dusky or black plumage, as Anas rubripes, of the northeastern U.S. and Canada.


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Word History and Origins

Origin of black duck1

First recorded in 1630–40

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Example Sentences

The latter looked in the required direction, and he soon saw a large black duck floating in stately repose on the water.

The most noticeable difference in plumage between this and the Black Duck is the absence of markings on the chin.

The leader evidently had a strain of black duck in her blood.

His children by her are of phratry Crow, of totem Black Duck.

Black Duck (Anas rubripes), which name, therefore, includes both Nos. 133 and 133a.

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