- 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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Examples from the Web for wood duck
It was from the head of the “wood-duck” (Anas sponsa), the most beautiful bird of its tribe.The Young Voyageurs
It was from the head of the “wood-duck” the most beautiful bird of its tribe.Popular Adventure Tales
And how is it with the other states that number the wood-duck in their avian faunas?
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
Among species likely to be exterminated in the near future are the wood-duck and band-tailed pigeon.
- 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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