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

Examples of canvasback in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In the 19th century and into the 20th, Maryland dishes like Chesapeake terrapin, oysters and canvasback ducks could be found on the menu at the country’s finest restaurants, whether in San Francisco or New York City. Christina Tkacik, Baltimore Sun, 27 July 2022 All kinds of water fowl go there: hawks and canvasback ducks. Mary Carole Mccauley,, 2 Dec. 2021 Maybe the pintail or the canvasback is better to eat, but there is nothing in the flying department as wonderfully gaudy as a pheasant or a he-mallard. Field & Stream, 31 Dec. 2020 As cold snaps arrive, those early birds will move on and more migrating mallards, black ducks, and gadwall will show up, along with divers like scaup and canvasback, and dark geese, too. Joe Genzel, Outdoor Life, 26 June 2020 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 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, 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,, 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,, 6 June 2017 See More

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1782, in the meaning defined above

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“Canvasback.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 Aug. 2022.

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

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

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