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 In an all-day coastal marsh sit, three of us downed a single lesser scaup and a lone bufflehead. T. Edward Nickens, Field & Stream, "Eat Like a King," 1 Jan. 2021 Within 100 yards of the trailhead, a blue surgical mask caught the sun in a thicket of reeds, a flock of bufflehead ducks paddling through the calm waters in a V formation just a few yards away. Scott Wilson, Washington Post, "A pandemic side effect: Used masks polluting California coastal waters," 11 Dec. 2020 Newly arrived wild ducks—buffleheads and hooded mergansers—circle in small groups near the shore. Sylvia Poggioli, The New York Review of Books, "Pandemic Journal, March 23–29," 29 Mar. 2020 And, in fact some swimmers do come in the winter: buffleheads, ring-necked ducks, mergansers and other waterfowl visiting from the north. New York Times, "The Magic of Swimming Holes," 18 Aug. 2019 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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13 Jan 2021

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“Bufflehead.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/bufflehead. Accessed 3 Mar. 2021.

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