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[gad-wawl] /ˈgædˌwɔl/
noun, plural gadwalls (especially collectively) gadwall.
a grayish-brown wild duck, Anas strepera, found in temperate parts of the Northern Hemisphere.
Origin of gadwall
1660-70; origin uncertain Unabridged
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  • The gadwall, which has been described as a "thoroughbred" looking duck, is the rarest yet mentioned.

    Poachers and Poaching John Watson
  • In addition we got some grey duck, gadwall, and a number of garganey and pochard.

    Wild Ducks W. Coape Oates
  • A month later, however (in May), we obtained nests both of this Pochard and of the gadwall, both built among rushes on dry ground.

  • The gadwall is really a southern duck, coming into the United States to breed.

  • gadwall, preferring deep waters, are not numerous in the shallow marisma.

    Unexplored Spain Abel Chapman
  • We have seen young gadwall Ducks, and a pair of Geese that had young ones swimming out of our sight.

  • I saw only one gadwall Duck; these birds are found in abundance on the plains where water and rushes are to be found.

  • In the autumn the lakes in this neighbourhood are the resort of large packs of wigeon, gadwall and pochard.

    Mount Everest the Reconnaissance, 1921 Charles Kenneth Howard-Bury
British Dictionary definitions for gadwall


noun (pl) -walls, -wall
a duck, Anas strepera, related to the mallard. The male has a grey body and black tail
Word Origin
C17: of unknown origin
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