[ mal-erd ]
/ ˈmæl ərd /

noun, plural mal·lards, (especially collectively) mal·lard.

a common, almost cosmopolitan, wild duck, Anas platyrhynchos, from which the domestic ducks are descended.

Origin of mallard

1275–1325; Middle English < Middle French, Old French mallart mallard drake, drake; see male, -ard Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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/ (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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