blue-winged teal

noun

: a North American dabbling duck (Anas discors) with a blue patch on each wing and in the male a white crescent on each cheek

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Six tree swallows at Madaket, a blue-winged teal and nine Northern shovelers at Miacomet Road. Isabela Rocha, BostonGlobe.com, 24 Dec. 2022 Among duck species, mallards were up 3% year-over-year and 2% above the long-term mean, while blue-winged teal were up 9% and 22%, and wood ducks were down 8% year-over-year and 102% above the mean. Paul A. Smith, Journal Sentinel, 14 July 2022 Four blue-winged teal, a cattle egret, and a veery at Squantum, two piping plovers at Wollaston Beach, six purple martins at Stony Brook Sanctuary in Norfolk, and a Louisiana waterthrush at Fowl Meadow in Canton. BostonGlobe.com, 23 Apr. 2022 Early migrants reported from Santuit Pond in Mashpee included a great-crested flycatcher and a blue-gray gnatcatcher, and other sightings included a blue-winged teal, 68 ring-necked ducks, 2 bald eagles, and 16 osprey. BostonGlobe.com, 13 Apr. 2022 The affected species include black-bellied whistling ducks, blue-winged teal and a variety of egrets. NBC News, 10 Sep. 2021 The affected species include black-bellied whistling ducks, blue-winged teal and a variety of egrets. NBC News, 10 Sep. 2021 North of Boston, on Plum Island highlights included six blue-winged teal, four Hudsonian godwits, a warbling vireo, an early snow bunting, and a sedge wren. BostonGlobe.com, 10 Oct. 2021 The affected species include black-bellied whistling ducks, blue-winged teal and a variety of egrets. NBC News, 10 Sep. 2021 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1733, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of blue-winged teal was circa 1733

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“Blue-winged teal.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/blue-winged%20teal. Accessed 1 Feb. 2023.

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