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Labrador duck

noun

  1. an extinct sea duck, Camptorhynchus labradorius, of northern North America, having black and white plumage.


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Word History and Origins

Origin of Labrador duck1

An Americanism dating back to 1865–70

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Example Sentences

As, however, no Labrador Duck has been recorded later than 1871 or 1875 we may suppose that it is now extinct.

The eggs which are first laid during each season by the black Labrador duck, are tinted black, as if rubbed with ink.

The Labrador duck (S. labradoria), now extinct, also belongs to this group.

The Labrador-Duck is one of those birds, the disappearance of which is not easily explained.

The extinction of the Labrador duck and the great auk have often been deplored.

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