can·​vas·​back | \ ˈkan-vəs-ˌbak How to pronounce canvasback (audio) \

Definition of canvasback

: a North American wild duck (Aythya valisineria) that has a reddish-brown head, black breast, and whitish body and is characterized especially by the elongate sloping profile of the bill and head

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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 Other species confirmed for the first time in this edition of the atlas include Mississippi kite, blue grosbeak and canvasback. Paul A. Smith, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Bird survey finds 224 species breeding in Wisconsin," 6 Jan. 2018 Species seeing a decline included mallards (11 percent), American wigeon (19 percent), green-winged teal (16 percent), redhead (13 percent), canvasback (1 percent) and scaup (12 percent). Todd Masson,, "Most Louisiana hunters will be thrilled with annual duck report," 15 Aug. 2017 Hunters regularly travel from across the continent to the marshes of South Louisiana for the opportunity to kill a drake canvasback over decoys. Todd Masson,, "Canvasback to be featured species in 2018 duck-stamp competition," 6 June 2017

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First Known Use of canvasback

1782, in the meaning defined above

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11 Apr 2020

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“Canvasback.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 May. 2020.

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can·​vas·​back | \ ˈkan-vəs-ˌbak How to pronounce canvasback (audio) \

Kids Definition of canvasback

: a North American wild duck with reddish brown head and grayish back

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