buf·​fle·​head | \ ˈbə-fəl-ˌhed How to pronounce bufflehead (audio) \

Definition of bufflehead

: a small North American diving duck (Bucephala albeola)

Examples of bufflehead in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Ring-necked ducks, buffleheads and hooded mergansers arrive for the winter. Houston Chronicle, "Top birding spots around Texas," 10 May 2018 Unlike the chubby bufflehead ducks nearby, the mergansers were low-slung and long, and far more colorful. Dave Taft, New York Times, "Goth of the Bay," 22 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of bufflehead

1731, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for bufflehead

archaic English buffle buffalo + English head

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“Bufflehead.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/bufflehead. Accessed 21 January 2020.

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