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Duck

Definition of duck:

part of speech: noun

A kind of coarse cloth for small sails, sacking, etc.

part of speech: noun

A common swimming bird with short neck and legs and flat bill; the female of this bird, as distinguished from the male, or drake; a strong linen or cotton material.

part of speech: noun

The name common to all the fowls constituting the Linnaean genus Anas, now raised into a sub- family Anatinae, and by some naturalists divided into two sub- families Anatinae and Fuli- gulinae, or land- ducks and sea- ducks. The common mallard or wild- duck ( Anas Boschas) is the original of our domestic duck. In its wild state the male is characterized by the deep green of the plumage of the head and neck, by a white collar separating the green from the dark chestnut of the lower part of the neck, and by having the four middle feathers of the tail recurved. The wild- duck is taken in large quantities by decoys and other means, in Lincolnshire, England, and Picardy, France. Some tame ducks have nearly the same plumage as the wild ones; others vary greatly, being generally duller, but all the males have the four recurved tail- feathers. The most obvious distinction between the tame and wild ducks lies in the color of their feet, those of the tame being black, and of the wild yellow: a dipping or stooping of the head: a pet, darling.

part of speech: verb

To dip or dive: to lower the head suddenly.

part of speech: verb

To plunge under water; drench.

part of speech: verb

To nod or stoop suddenly.

part of speech: verb

To plunge the head under water and then withdraw it quickly; bob the head.

part of speech: verb

To dip or plunge under water; throw into water; wet thoroughly.

part of speech: noun

A water- fowl; kind of canvas.

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