noun, plural teals, (especially collectively) teal for 1.

any of several species of small dabbling ducks, of worldwide distribution, usually traveling in tight flocks and frequenting ponds and marshes.
Also called teal blue. a medium to dark greenish blue.

Nearby words

  1. teagarden, jack,
  2. teahouse,
  3. teak,
  4. teakettle,
  5. teakwood,
  6. teale's amputation,
  7. team,
  8. team foul,
  9. team handball,
  10. team player

Origin of teal

1275–1325; Middle English tele; akin to Dutch taling, Middle Low German telink

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British Dictionary definitions for teal


noun plural teals or teal

any of various small ducks, such as the Eurasian Anas crecca (common teal) that are related to the mallard and frequent ponds, lakes, and marshes
a greenish-blue colour

Word Origin for teal

C14: related to Middle Low German tēlink, Middle Dutch tēling

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Word Origin and History for teal



"small freshwater duck," early 14c., probably from an unrecorded Old English word cognate with Middle Dutch teling "teal," Middle Low German telink, from West Germanic *taili. As the name of a shade of dark greenish-blue like the color patterns on the fowl's head and wings, it is attested from 1923.

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