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wood duck

noun
  1. 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.
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Origin of wood duck

An Americanism dating back to 1770–80
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Historical Examples of wood duck

  • It was from the head of the “wood-duck” (Anas sponsa), the most beautiful bird of its tribe.

    The Young Voyageurs

    Mayne Reid

  • It was from the head of the “wood-duck” the most beautiful bird of its tribe.

  • And how is it with the other states that number the wood-duck in their avian faunas?

    Our Vanishing Wild Life

    William T. Hornaday

  • As I stood there, half-leg deep, picking them up, a wood-duck came flying down the creek and passed over my head.

    Wake-Robin

    John Burroughs

  • Among species likely to be exterminated in the near future are the wood-duck and band-tailed pigeon.

    Our Vanishing Wild Life

    William T. Hornaday


British Dictionary definitions for wood duck

wood duck

noun
  1. 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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