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eider duck

noun
1.
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
1850-1855
1850-55
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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.

  • There the eider duck builds its nest and spends the brief summer of the Arctic.

    My Attainment of the Pole Frederick A. Cook
  • The food of the eider duck consists of minute marine insects, crustaceans, and shellfish, especially mussels and small crabs.

    British Sea Birds Charles Dixon
  • 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")
  • 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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