can·​vas·​back ˈkan-vəs-ˌbak How to pronounce canvasback (audio)
: 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 Like the hen redhead, the female canvasback is drab. M.d. Johnson, Field & Stream, 30 Nov. 2023 Canvasback Duck Habitat While canvasbacks are omnivorous, their diet primarily consists of vegetative material, namely wild celery. M.d. Johnson, Field & Stream, 8 Nov. 2023 In the Pacific Flyway, the Columbia River sees its share of canvasbacks, as does the San Francisco Bay. M.d. Johnson, Field & Stream, 8 Nov. 2023 Five Iceland gulls and a king eider at Black Rock Beach in Cohasset, a canvasback and three tree swallows at Beaver Pond in Franklin and a black vulture at Blue Hills Reservation. Isabela Rocha,, 18 Mar. 2023 The daily bag limit in each zone 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, Journal Sentinel, 22 Apr. 2023 My ancient canvasback holds eight lines. T. Edward Nickens, Field & Stream, 17 Dec. 2020 Worcester County: Two sandhill cranes at Dexter Drumlin in Lancaster, a canvasback at Coachlace Pond in Clinton, 30 tree swallows in South Grafton, seven black vultures at Roosevelt Park in Blackstone and four continuing trumpeter swans in the vicinity of Riverdale Street in Northbridge. Isabela Rocha,, 12 Mar. 2023 Single cackling geese on Great Pond in Hatfield and Paradise Pond at the Smith College campus, a canvasback at the Oxbow Marina in Northampton and two rusty blackbirds at the University of Massachusetts Amherst campus. Isabela Rocha,, 12 Mar. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1782, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of canvasback was in 1782

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“Canvasback.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Mar. 2024.

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can·​vas·​back -ˌbak How to pronounce canvasback (audio)
: a North American wild duck with a reddish brown head and black breast

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