shelduck

[shel-duhk]

Origin of shelduck

First recorded in 1700–10; shel(drake) + duck1
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shelduck

masculine sheldrake (ˈʃɛlˌdreɪk)

noun plural -ducks, -duck, -drakes or -drake
  1. any of various large usually brightly coloured gooselike ducks, such as Tadorna tadorna (common shelduck), of the Old World

Word Origin for shelduck

C14 shel, probably from dialect sheld pied; related to Middle Dutch schillede variegated
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