eider duck

noun
  1. any of several large sea ducks of the genus Soamateria and allied genera of the Northern Hemisphere, the females of which yield eiderdown.

Origin of eider duck

First recorded in 1850–55
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Historical Examples of eider duck

  • A name in the Orkneys for the Somateria mollissima, or eider-duck.

    The Sailor's Word-Book

    William Henry Smyth

  • Some suppose that the eider-duck could be easily domesticated.

  • And from every rocky islet came the calling of birds—of loon and gull and eider-duck.

    Mothwise

    Knut Hamsun

  • Like the Eider-duck, she has made a warm overcoat for her eggs out of her own down.

    Insect Adventures

    J. Henri Fabre

  • Several flocks of eider-duck were seen in the course of the day.

    Farthest North

    Fridtjof Nansen