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old squaw

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noun

a sea duck, Clangula hyemalis, of Arctic and subarctic regions.

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Origin of old squaw

An Americanism dating back to 1830–40
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old squaw

noun

US and Canadian a long-tailed northern sea duck, Clangula hyemalis, having dark wings and a white-and-brown head and bodyAlso called: oldwife
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