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wood duck

noun
1.
a North American duck, Aix sponsa, that nests in trees, the male of which has a long crest and black, chestnut, green, purple, and white plumage.
Origin of wood duck
1770-1780
1770-80, Americanism
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  • It was from the head of the “wood-duck” the most beautiful bird of its tribe.

  • And how is it with the other states that number the wood-duck in their avian faunas?

    Our Vanishing Wild Life William T. Hornaday
  • Tain't an easy job for greenhorns nohow; but you take to it kinder nateral, like the wood-duck to the pond.'

    Cedar Creek Elizabeth Hely Walshe
  • Among species likely to be exterminated in the near future are the wood-duck and band-tailed pigeon.

    Our Vanishing Wild Life William T. Hornaday
  • They're a handsome duck, Bobby; but the most beautiful thing in feathers is the wood-duck.

    The Adventures of Bobby Orde Stewart Edward White
  • Wild fowl are in the greatest danger in the southern part of the Province, especially the wood-duck.

    Our Vanishing Wild Life William T. Hornaday
  • It was from the head of the “wood-duck” (Anas sponsa), the most beautiful bird of its tribe.

    The Young Voyageurs Mayne Reid
  • The deer law is excellent, and the non-game birds, and the dove and wood-duck are perpetually protected.

    Our Vanishing Wild Life William T. Hornaday
  • As I stood there, half-leg deep, picking them up, a wood-duck came flying down the creek and passed over my head.

    Wake-Robin John Burroughs
  • Whenever you see a wood-duck rise and fly in our Park, you may know that it is a wild bird.

    Our Vanishing Wild Life William T. Hornaday
British Dictionary definitions for wood-duck

wood duck

noun
1.
a duck, Aix sponsa, of wooded swamps, lakes, etc, in North America, having a very brightly coloured plumage in the male
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