black duck


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 Mallards have been breeding out black ducks in the Atlantic flyway for some time now (the black duck population has been in decline since the mid-1900s). Ryan Chelius, Outdoor Life, 1 Mar. 2021 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, 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, 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,, 3 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of black duck

1625, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of black duck was in 1625

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“Black duck.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Jan. 2022.

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