West Indian whistling-duck

noun
variants: or West Indian whistling duck or less commonly West Indian tree duck

Definition of West Indian whistling-duck 

: a large, secretive, chiefly brown whistling-duck (Dendrocygna arborea) of the West Indies that is usually active in the evening or early morning The West Indian whistling-duck … is a Caribbean endemic species that is considered endangered throughout its range. — Wendy A. Lee, in The Earliest Inhabitants: The Dynamics of the Jamaican Taíno, 2006 The only duck that breeds in the Cayman Islands is the long-legged West Indian whistling duck … which resembles a goose.— Paris Permenter and John Bigley, Adventure Guide to the Cayman Islands, 2008 Rare West Indian tree ducks … and the largest bird sanctuary in the Caribbean attest to our dedication to wildlife preservation. — Lionel A. Hurst, in New York Times, 10 May 1989

Love words?

You must — there are over 200,000 words in our free online dictionary, but you are looking for one that’s only in the Merriam-Webster Unabridged Dictionary.

Start your free trial today and get unlimited access to America's largest dictionary, with:

  • More than 250,000 words that aren't in our free dictionary
  • Expanded definitions, etymologies, and usage notes
  • Advanced search features
  • Ad free!

First Known Use of West Indian whistling-duck

1911, in the meaning defined above

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about West Indian whistling-duck

Share West Indian whistling-duck

Resources for West Indian whistling-duck

Statistics for West Indian whistling-duck

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for West Indian whistling-duck

The first known use of West Indian whistling-duck was in 1911

See more words from the same year

Comments on West Indian whistling-duck

What made you want to look up West Indian whistling-duck? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

obstinately defiant of authority

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Autumn Words of the Day 2018

  • a-top-down-image-of-road-through-an-autumn-forest
  • Which is a synonym of fugacious?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

TAKE THE QUIZ
Syn City

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!