noun, plural shel·drakes, (especially collectively) shel·drake.
- shelf angle,
- shelf fungus
Origin of sheldrake
Examples from the Web for sheldrake
It isn't reasonable of Sheldrake to expect me to do this; upon my soul it isn't!
The most common birds up these tidal rivers are the sheldrake.Cornwall|G. E. Mitton
Am I not a good girl, Alf, for behaving so well to Mr. Sheldrake?
"But Mr. Sheldrake knew," remarked Lizzie, with a sharp glance in the direction of that gentleman.
The only persons who ever entered it were Mr. Musgrave and Mr. Sheldrake.
early 14c., from sheld- "variegated" + drake "male duck." First element cognate with Middle Dutch schillede "separated, variegated," West Flemish schilde, from schillen (Dutch verschillen "to make different"), from Proto-Germanic *skeli-, from PIE root *(s)kel- (1) "to cut" (see scale (n.1)). This is the origin considered most likely, though English sheld by itself is a dialect word attested only from c.1500. OED finds derivation from shield (n.), on resemblance to the patterns on shields, "improbable."