black duck

noun

Definition of black duck

: any of several ducks that are dark in color especially : a common brown duck (Anas rubripes) of eastern North America

Examples of black duck in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The daily bag limit can include no more than four mallards (of which two may be hens), three wood ducks, two canvasbacks, two redheads, two black ducks and one pintail. Paul A. Smith, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Board approves increase in hen mallard limit and earlier opener for north zone in 2020 Wisconsin waterfowl rules," 4 Apr. 2020 The Blackwing is named after the black ducks found on the family crest of Antoine Laumet de La Mothe Cadillac, the founder of Detroit. Ezra Dyer, Popular Mechanics, "The Cadillac Blackwing Is Great, But It Won't Save the 2020 CT6," 9 Aug. 2019 On one end of a Hong Kong street, protesters dressed in black ducked behind umbrellas and makeshift barricades, occasionally throwing bricks or slinging rocks. Yanan Wang, BostonGlobe.com, "Protesters, police face off in Hong Kong as rallies continue," 3 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of black duck

1625, in the meaning defined above

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“Black duck.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/black%20duck. Accessed 3 Dec. 2020.

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