eider

[ahy-der]
noun

Origin:
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

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eider or eider duck (ˈaɪdə)
 
n
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
 
[C18: from Old Norse æthr; related to Swedish ejder, Dutch, German Eider]
 
eider duck or eider duck
 
n
 
[C18: from Old Norse æthr; related to Swedish ejder, Dutch, German Eider]

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eider
1743, from Ger. Eider or Du. eider, both from O.N. æþar, gen. of æþr "duck."
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Seasonal movements and distribution of the spectacled eider.
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