[ shel-duhk ]

noun,plural shel·ducks, (especially collectively) shel·duck.
  1. a female sheldrake.

Origin of shelduck

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

Words Nearby shelduck Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use shelduck in a sentence

  • My coat looked rather bulgy, for a shelduck is nearly as big as a Goose.

    The Journal of a Disappointed Man | Wilhelm Nero Pilate Barbellion
  • Ruddy shelduck do not frequent the marisma, preferring the sweeter waters and shallows adjoining Doana.

    Unexplored Spain | Abel Chapman

British Dictionary definitions for shelduck


masculine sheldrake (ˈʃɛlˌdreɪk)

/ (ˈʃɛlˌdʌk) /

nounplural -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

Origin of shelduck

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

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