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mallard

[ mal-erd ]
/ ˈmæl ərd /
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noun, plural mal·lards, (especially collectively) mal·lard.
a common, almost cosmopolitan, wild duck, Anas platyrhynchos, from which the domestic ducks are descended.

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Origin of mallard

1275–1325; Middle English <Middle French, Old French mallart mallard drake, drake; see male, -ard
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British Dictionary definitions for mallard

mallard
/ (ˈmælɑːd) /

noun plural -lard or -lards
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 for mallard

C14: from Old French mallart, perhaps from maslart (unattested); see male, -ard
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