wood duck

noun
showy North American duck that nests in hollow trees
Syn: ↑summer duck, ↑wood widgeon, ↑Aix sponsa
Hypernyms: ↑duck
Hyponyms: ↑wood drake
Member Holonyms: ↑Aix, ↑genus Aix

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noun
1. : a showy American duck (Aix sponsa) which nests in hollow trees and the male of which has a large crest and plumage varied with green, purple, black, white, and chestnut — called also summer duck, wood widgeon
3. : an Australian goose (Chenonetta jubata) having elongated deep brown feathers on the rear part of the neck

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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.
[1770-80, Amer.]

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wood duck noun
A N American duck (Aix sponsa) that nests in tree cavities, a popular game bird
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Main Entry:wood

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wood duck,
a North American duck with a large crest, short neck, and long tail, that builds its nest in hollow trees in the woods and frequents ponds and streams. The male is richly colored with green, blue, and purple upper feathers, and red, yellow, and white underparts.

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n. a tree-nesting North American duck, the male of which has brightly colored plumage. Also called Carolina duck. Aix sponsa, family Anatidae

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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  • Wood duck — Wood Wood, n. [OE. wode, wude, AS. wudu, wiodu; akin to OHG. witu, Icel. vi?r, Dan. & Sw. ved wood, and probably to Ir. & Gael. fiodh, W. gwydd trees, shrubs.] [1913 Webster] 1. A large and thick collection of trees; a forest or grove; frequently …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • wood duck — wood′ duck n. orn a tree nesting North American duck, Aix sponsa, the male of which has iridescent green and purple plumage with white facial markings • Etymology: 1770–80, amer …   From formal English to slang

  • wood duck — ☆ wood duck n. a brilliantly colored North American duck (Aix sponsa) that nests in hollow trees near woodland lakes …   English World dictionary

  • Wood Duck — See also Australian Wood Duck. Wood Duck Male in the Ouwehands Dierenpark, Netherlands …   Wikipedia

  • 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. [1770 80, Amer.] * * * North American duck (Aix sponsa, family Anatidae); a popular game bird. Wood… …   Universalium

  • wood duck — /ˈwʊd dʌk/ (say wood duk) noun 1. an endemic Australian duck, Chenonetta jubata, with a dark maned head, common on wetlands throughout southern Australia. 2. the North American duck, Aix sponsa. 3. Colloquial a customer, as at a used car saleyard …   Australian English dictionary

  • wood duck — noun Date: 1777 a showy American duck (Aix sponsa) which nests in tree cavities and the males of which have a large crest and iridescent plumage varied with green, purple, black, white, and chestnut …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • wood duck — noun A colorful North American duck, Aix sponsa, that nests in hollow trees …   Wiktionary

  • wood duck — noun a tree nesting North American duck, the male of which has brightly coloured plumage. [Aix sponsa.] …   English new terms dictionary

  • Wood duck — (car sales) one who is easily duped; a naive customer; one who gives in easily in the bargaining …   Dictionary of Australian slang

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