- 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.
Origin of teal
Examples from the Web for teal
And she even matched her manicure to her outfit, flashing nails that were a shade of teal.Michelle Obama at DNC: Tracy Reese Dress With J. Crew Heels (PHOTOS)
September 5, 2012
One sweater, in particular, a short-sleeve, shrunken crewneck, was charmingly marked by teardrop-shaped dollops of teal blue.Milan’s Day-Glo Exuberance
September 26, 2011
Who is the best friend of every fat guy with a tan who says, “The teal nut-sling really takes it to a whole new level?”Ban the Speedo!
October 5, 2009
Other wild ducks and teal may be roasted in about half an hour.Directions for Cookery, in its Various Branches
A sharp knife, Babette, for these teal––a duck should be cut, not torn.Captain Brand of the "Centipede"
H. A. (Henry Augustus) Wise
The wood-pigeon is large, and the flesh dark coloured: if properly kept, and not over roasted, the flavour is equal to teal.
A teal, from fifteen to twenty minutes; and other birds of this kind, in proportion to their size, a longer or a shorter time.
Governor Berkeley named also brant, shell drake, teal, and blewings.Home Life in Colonial Days
Alice Morse Earle
- 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 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.