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 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 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 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 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. Dan Joling, Anchorage Daily News, "BLM to consider expanded drilling in Alaska oil reserve," 22 Nov. 2019 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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21 Feb 2020

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“Eider.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/eider. Accessed 24 Feb. 2020.

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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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