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[ahy-der] /ˈaɪ dər/
Origin of eider
1735-45; < Icelandic æthar (in 18th century spelled ædar), genitive singular of æthur eider duck, in phrase ædar dūnn down of the eider duck; spelling eider < German or Swedish Unabridged
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any of several sea ducks of the genus Somateria, esp S. mollissima, and related genera, which occur in the N hemisphere. The male has black and white plumage, and the female is the source of eiderdown
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C18: from Old Norse æthr; related to Swedish ejder, Dutch, German Eider
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Word Origin and History for eider

1743, from German Eider or Dutch eider, both from Old Norse æþar, genitive of æþr "duck," from a North Germanic root.

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