eider

noun
ei·​der | \ ˈī-dər How to pronounce eider (audio) \

Definition of eider

1 : any of several large northern sea ducks (genera Somateria and Polystica) having fine soft down that is used by the female for lining the nest

called also eider duck

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There are several species of large diving ducks called eiders. They are heavy and round-bodied, with a humped bill that produces a characteristic sloping profile. Eiders live in the cold far north. They are the source of eiderdown, feathers that the hen plucks from her breast to line her nest and insulate her eggs. Eiderdown is used as a warm filling for jackets, pillows, quilts, and sleeping bags. Hens are mottled brown, but drakes (males) are boldly patterned, with green pigment on the head.

Examples of eider in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Some species commonly sighted include common goldeneye, common eider, and three species of scoters: white-winged, black, and surf. Pamela Wright, BostonGlobe.com, "Flock to these winter birding hot spots around Boston," 23 Feb. 2021 An eider lazily floated by as a polar bear shifted in its bed. Tyler Freel, Outdoor Life, "Drilling for Oil in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge: Two Perspectives from Alaskan Outdoorsmen," 21 Dec. 2020 But as legendary king eider guide Russ Owen always says, what works for me may not work for you. Joe Genzel, Outdoor Life, "The Favorite Shotgun, Choke, and Ammo Combinations of 5 Diehard Duck Hunters (and One Outdoor Writer)," 15 Oct. 2020 During Vitus Bering’s last expedition, Steller named six species after himself, including the Steller’s jay, Steller’s sea eagle, Steller’s sea lion and Steller’s eider. David Reamer, Anchorage Daily News, "Many Anchorage schools are named after people. Here’s who those people were.," 27 Sep. 2020 The master of this art is the eider duck, a portly sea duck that is widespread in the Arctic and feeds by diving for mussels in frigid polar water. Helen Czerski, WSJ, "Eiderdown Is Nature’s Perfect Duvet," 6 Feb. 2020 The plan also created the Peard Bay Special Area, which contains the highest density of spectacled eider nesting areas in Alaska, according to the Alaska Wilderness League. CBS News, "Trump administration may allow drilling in Alaskan conservation areas," 22 Nov. 2019 Elsewhere in Sandwich, a king eider was discovered in the canal at Scusset Beach. BostonGlobe.com, "Bird sightings on Cape Cod," 14 Jan. 2020 The plan also created the Peard Bay Special Area, which contains the highest density of spectacled eider nesting areas in Alaska, according to the Alaska Wilderness League. CBS News, "Trump administration may allow drilling in Alaskan conservation areas," 22 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of eider

1743, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for eider

Dutch, German, or Swedish, from Icelandic æthur, from Old Norse æthr

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7 Mar 2021

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“Eider.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/eider. Accessed 7 Mar. 2021.

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eider

noun
ei·​der | \ ˈī-dər How to pronounce eider (audio) \

Kids Definition of eider

: a large duck of northern seas with very soft down

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