wood duck


noun

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.

Origin of wood duck

An Americanism dating back to 1770–80
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wood duck


noun

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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