- a North American wild duck, Aythya valisineria, the male of which has a whitish back and a reddish-brown head and neck.
Origin of canvasback
An Americanism dating back to 1595–1605; after the canvaslike color of its back
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Examples from the Web for canvas-back
When canvas-back ducks are on the table conversation is not required of any one.A House-Boat on the Styx
John Kendrick Bangs
The widgeon is but a poor diver, while the canvas-back is one of the very best.
Like most of the water-birds of America, the canvas-back is migratory.
Some pronounce its flesh equal if not superior to that of the canvas-back duck.Sheep, Swine, and Poultry
Yes, its flesh is very delicious, almost as good as the Canvas-back.
- a North American diving duck, Aythyra valisineria, the male of which has a white body and reddish-brown head
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Word Origin and History for canvas-back
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