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smew

[smyoo]
noun
  1. a Eurasian duck, Mergus albellus, closely akin to mergansers: the male is white marked with black and gray.
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Origin of smew

First recorded in 1665–75; origin uncertain
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Historical Examples

  • The Smew does not visit the land much, and even sleeps upon the water.

    British Sea Birds

    Charles Dixon

  • During winter the Smew is gregarious, living in flocks of thirty or forty individuals, mostly immature.

    British Sea Birds

    Charles Dixon

  • Smew, smū, n. a bird of the family Anatid, in the same genus as the goosander and mergansers.


British Dictionary definitions for smew

smew

noun
  1. a merganser, Mergus albellus, of N Europe and Asia, having a male plumage of white with black markings
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Word Origin

C17: of uncertain origin
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