canvasback

[ kan-vuh s-bak ]
/ ˈkæn vəsˌbæk /

noun, plural can·vas·backs, (especially collectively) can·vas·back.

a North American wild duck, Aythya valisineria, the male of which has a whitish back and a reddish-brown head and neck.

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Origin of canvasback

An Americanism dating back to 1595–1605; after the canvaslike color of its back
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British Dictionary definitions for canvas-back

canvasback
/ (ˈkænvəsˌbæk) /

noun plural -backs or -back

a North American diving duck, Aythyra valisineria, the male of which has a white body and reddish-brown head
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