noun, plural teals (especially collectively) teal for 1.
any of several species of small dabbling ducks, of worldwide distribution, usually traveling in tight flocks and frequenting ponds and marshes.
Also called teal blue. a medium to dark greenish blue.

1275–1325; Middle English tele; akin to Dutch taling, Middle Low German telink

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teal (tiːl)
n , pl teals, teal
1.  any of various small ducks, such as the Eurasian Anas crecca (common teal) that are related to the mallard and frequent ponds, lakes, and marshes
2.  a greenish-blue colour
[C14: related to Middle Low German tēlink, Middle Dutch tēling]

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Word Origin & History

early 14c., "small freshwater duck," probably from an unrecorded O.E. word cognate with M.Du. teling "teal," M.L.G. telink, from W.Gmc. *taili. As the name of a shade of dark greenish-blue like the color patterns on the fowl's head and wings, it is attested from 1923.
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Example sentences
They can compost an elephant, fertilize an oak forest or light up the oceans in the eerie teal glow of bioluminescence.
Ruddy ducks and cinnamon teal buzz by, while great blue herons lord over them all from the shallows.
Teal's only preserved claim here is that he was deprived of a fair trial because his lawyer failed to adequately represent him.
He wears blue and teal armor, a teal helmet, and has brown skin.
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