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eider duck

any of several large sea ducks of the genus Soamateria and allied genera of the Northern Hemisphere, the females of which yield eiderdown.
Origin of eider duck
1850-55 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • What will be the ultimate effect of plucking geese's quills, and of the eider duck's abstraction of the down from her breast?

  • It is the soft, fine feathers of a bird called the eider duck.

  • An eider duck's nest was found fully one hundred yards from the water, unsheltered on the rocks, with five eggs and clean down.

  • The eider duck has a curious method of teaching her young ones to swim.

    Mamma's Stories about Birds Anonymous (AKA the author of "Chickseed without Chickweed")
  • The food of the eider duck consists of minute marine insects, crustaceans, and shellfish, especially mussels and small crabs.

    British Sea Birds Charles Dixon
  • There the eider duck builds its nest and spends the brief summer of the Arctic.

    My Attainment of the Pole Frederick A. Cook
  • No sooner has the eider duck made her nest than she lines the inside of it with the softest down from her breast.

  • The party then went down to the Cobb to look at the eider duck, and were very well satisfied with her appearance.

    Boscobel: or, the royal oak William Harrison Ainsworth
  • The down of that pr-rovident bird, the eider duck, makes a substitute for the flesh that ought to pad my poor bones.

    A Tar-Heel Baron Mabell Shippie Clarke Pelton
  • The eider duck differs from all the birds of the same tribe hitherto described, in being essentially and absolutely a sea-bird.

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