a stiff-tailed American duck, Oxyura jamaicensis, the adult male of which has a brownish-red body, black crown, and white cheeks.
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Origin of ruddy duck
An Americanism dating back to 1805–15
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British Dictionary definitions for ruddy duck
a small duck, Oxyura jamaicensis, that inhabits marshes, ponds, etc, in North America and N South America and has a stiff upright tail. The male has a reddish-brown body and blue bill in the breeding season
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