- a common, almost cosmopolitan, wild duck, Anas platyrhynchos, from which the domestic ducks are descended.
Origin of mallard
Examples from the Web for mallard
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A pair of mallard ducks were swimming about in one end of it,—the cool end.Camping with President Roosevelt
I saw this illustrated one spring in the case of a mallard drake.
Then he turned appealingly to me, uttering the soft note of the mallard.
Captain Mallard and the "Return" had brought her to the town, and that was all.
"If we can make Barre before it storms," said Captain Mallard.
- a duck, Anas platyrhynchos, common over most of the N hemisphere, the male of which has a dark green head and reddish-brown breast: the ancestor of all domestic breeds of duck
Word Origin and History for mallard
c.1300, "wild drake or duck," from Old French malart (12c.) or Medieval Latin mallardus, apparently from male, from Latin masculus (see male), in which case the original sense probably was not of a specific species but of any male wild duck, though the specific sense of "male of the wild duck" was not attested in English until early 14c.