[poh-cherd, -kerd]

noun, plural po·chards, (especially collectively) po·chard.

an Old World diving duck, Aythya ferina, having a chestnut-red head.
any of various related ducks, as the American redhead.

Origin of pochard

First recorded in 1545–55; origin uncertain
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Examples from the Web for pochard

Historical Examples of pochard

  • In addition we got some grey duck, gadwall, and a number of garganey and pochard.

    Wild Ducks

    W. Coape Oates

  • Another of the well-known marine ducks is the pochard, or dun-bird.

  • Pochard - 140 -saw you eating it half an hour ago as he passed.

    The Real Latin Quarter

    F. Berkeley Smith

  • Mistrial had served his novitiate where the pochard is rare.

  • Another of the wild ducks which visited us was the pochard or dunbird.

British Dictionary definitions for pochard


noun plural -chards or -chard

any of various diving ducks of the genera Aythya and Netta, esp A. ferina of Europe, the male of which has a grey-and-black body and a reddish head

Word Origin for pochard

C16: of unknown origin
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