smew

[ smyoo ]
/ smyu /

noun

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

QUIZZES

QUIZ TIME: TEST YOUR MEMORY OF THE MAY 2020 WORDS OF THE DAY

Let the aeolian gusts transport you back to these popular Words of the Day from the month of May. How many do you remember?
Question 1 of 10
Which of the following words means “to travel or journey, especially to walk on foot”?

Origin of smew

First recorded in 1665–75; origin uncertain
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

Example sentences from the Web for smew

British Dictionary definitions for smew

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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012