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canvasback

[kan-vuh s-bak] /ˈkæn vəsˌbæk/
noun, plural canvasbacks (especially collectively) canvasback.
1.
a North American wild duck, Aythya valisineria, the male of which has a whitish back and a reddish-brown head and neck.
Origin
1595-1605
1595-1605, Americanism; after the canvaslike color of its back
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British Dictionary definitions for canvas-back

canvasback

/ˈkænvəsˌbæk/
noun (pl) -backs, -back
1.
a North American diving duck, Aythyra valisineria, the male of which has a white body and reddish-brown head
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Word Origin and History for canvas-back
n.

also canvasback, 1785 as a type of North American duck. Earlier as an adjective for a type of garment made of expensive stuff in front and cheap canvas in the back (c.1600); from canvas (n.) + back (n.).

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