cotton teal

noun

Definition of cotton teal

: the Indian pygmy goose (Nettapus coromandelianus)

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History and Etymology for cotton teal

probably so called from the white cottony patches on the wings of the male

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“Cotton teal.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/cotton%20teal. Accessed 6 Dec. 2021.

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