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whistling duck

noun
1.
any of several long-legged, chiefly tropical ducks of the genus Dendrocygna, most of which have whistling cries.
Origin of whistling duck
1690-1700
1690-1700
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  • The Governor had promised, so it was alleged, that the slayer of whistling duck should be punished.

    Toronto of Old Henry Scadding
  • The whistling duck of the Adelaide River, was also only seen on this part of the Victoria.

  • But the whistling duck was a crested one, sir, and you will understand that I deliberated no longer.

    The Magic Skin Honore de Balzac
  • I have hesitated a long while between the whistling duck, the duck with white eyebrows, and the shoveler duck (anas clypeata).

    The Magic Skin Honore de Balzac
  • It is very common on most of the Australian creeks and streams, and is called the whistling duck.

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