diving duck


: any of various ducks (such as a bufflehead) that frequent deep waters and obtain their food by diving

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web This new dinosaur species closely resembles a deep-diving duck and further highlights the diversity of the species that likely existed during the age of dinosaurs. Sara Novak, Discover Magazine, 28 Dec. 2022 Among the diving duck species estimated in the survey, scaup (greater and lesser combined) were estimated at 3.6 million, 28% below the long-term average but unchanged from 2019. Paul A. Smith, Journal Sentinel, 21 Aug. 2022 But both of those were diving ducks, which dive underwater for food like loons. Chelsey Lewis, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 24 July 2019

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Word History

First Known Use

1813, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of diving duck was in 1813

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“Diving duck.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/diving%20duck. Accessed 28 Mar. 2023.

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