bufflehead

[ buhf-uhl-hed ]
/ ˈbʌf əlˌhɛd /

noun

a small North American duck, Bucephala albeola, the male of which has bushy head plumage.

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Origin of bufflehead

1855–60, Americanism;buffle (see buff1) + head

OTHER WORDS FROM bufflehead

buf·fle·head·ed, adjective

Words nearby bufflehead

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Example sentences from the Web for bufflehead

  • There is one bufflehead among them—no, two; the rest are coots,' I replied.

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British Dictionary definitions for bufflehead

bufflehead
/ (ˈbʌfəlˌhɛd) /

noun

a small North American diving duck, Bucephala (or Glaucionetta) albeola : the male has black-and-white plumage and a fluffy headAlso called: butterball

Word Origin for bufflehead

C17 buffle from obsolete buffle wild ox (see buff 1), referring to the duck's head
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