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[kan-vuh s-bak] /ˈkæn vəsˌbæk/
noun, plural canvasbacks (especially collectively) canvasback.
a North American wild duck, Aythya valisineria, the male of which has a whitish back and a reddish-brown head and neck.
Origin of canvasback
1595-1605, Americanism; after the canvaslike color of its back Unabridged
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Examples from the web for canvasback
  • Often confused with the canvasback, the redhead has a grayer back and a more rounded head.
  • The daily limit is one pintail and one canvasback duck.
  • Tundra swans and canvasback ducks use the refuge as a resting and feeding area in the spring and fall.
  • Redhead duck, canvasback duck, and other diving birds such as eared and pied-billed grebes construct overwater nests.
  • Hunters may take one canvasback as part of their five-duck regular daily bag limit.
  • The canvasback sometimes lays eggs in other canvasback nests.
British Dictionary definitions for canvasback


noun (pl) -backs, -back
a North American diving duck, Aythyra valisineria, the male of which has a white body and reddish-brown head
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