noun, plural mallards (especially collectively) mallard.
a common, almost cosmopolitan, wild duck, Anas platyrhynchos, from which the domestic ducks are descended.

1275–1325; Middle English < Middle French, Old French mallart mallard drake, drake; see male, -ard Unabridged
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mallard (ˈmælɑːd)
n , pl -lard, -lards
a duck, Anas platyrhynchos, common over most of the N hemisphere, the male of which has a dark green head and reddish-brown breast: the ancestor of all domestic breeds of duck
[C14: from Old French mallart, perhaps from maslart (unattested); see male, -ard]

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Word Origin & History

early 14c., "wild drake or duck," from M.L. mallardus, apparently from male, from L. masculus (see male), in which case the original sense was probably not of a specific species but of any male wild duck. The specific sense of "male of the wild duck" was in M.E. (early 14c.).
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All pyrethrins are highly toxic for certain fish and slightly toxic for birds, such as mallard ducks.
Mallard mortality rates on key breeding and wintering areas.
Knowing a mallard from a merganser has another side: gourmets prefer a corn-fed mallard to the fish duck.
The mallard is considered an invasive species in new zealand.
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