wood duck



a North American duck, Aix sponsa, that nests in trees, the male of which has a long crest and black, chestnut, green, purple, and white plumage.

Nearby words

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  6. wood engraving,
  7. wood fern,
  8. wood frog,
  9. wood grouse,
  10. wood hedgehog

Origin of wood duck

An Americanism dating back to 1770–80

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British Dictionary definitions for wood duck

wood duck


a duck, Aix sponsa, of wooded swamps, lakes, etc, in North America, having a very brightly coloured plumage in the male
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