smew

[ smyoo ]
/ smyu /

noun

a Eurasian duck, Mergus albellus, closely akin to mergansers: the male is white marked with black and gray.

Origin of smew

First recorded in 1665–75; origin uncertain
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smew

/ (smjuː) /

noun

a merganser, Mergus albellus, of N Europe and Asia, having a male plumage of white with black markings

Word Origin for smew

C17: of uncertain origin
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