a male mallard.

Origin of greenhead

First recorded in 1805–15; green + head Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for greenhead

Historical Examples of greenhead

  • We closely followed the line of the wall from Chollerford to Greenhead, a distance of about fifteen miles.

    In Unfamiliar England

    Thomas Dowler Murphy

British Dictionary definitions for greenhead



a male mallard
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Word Origin and History for greenhead

1580s, "young, untrained intellect," from green (adj.) + head (n.). As a type of biting fly, by 1837.

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