gad·​wall | \ ˈgad-ˌwȯl How to pronounce gadwall (audio) \
plural gadwalls or gadwall

Definition of gadwall

: a grayish-brown medium-sized dabbling duck (Anas strepera)

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Recent Examples on the Web Swans and 17 species of duck frequent Gillmor, which also provides nesting habitat for various shorebirds, such as the snowy plover, American avocet, Wilson’s phalarope, black-necked stilt, cinnamon teal and gadwall. Brian Maffly, The Salt Lake Tribune, "This gift means the Great Salt Lake’s bird sanctuary is now larger and better protected," 26 Dec. 2020 Some species like mallards get back to the prairie early as possible and (breed), while others like gadwall or blue-winged teal arrive up to a month later. Joe Genzel, Outdoor Life, "Why Don’t We Hunt Ducks in the Spring?," 28 Aug. 2020 As cold snaps arrive, those early birds will move on and more migrating mallards, black ducks, and gadwall will show up, along with divers like scaup and canvasback, and dark geese, too. Joe Genzel, Outdoor Life, "How to Hunt Ducks and Geese," 26 June 2020 The company founders watched their buddy, who was a handloader, fold a gadwall at 80-plus yards with a single shot of TSS. Alex Robinson, Outdoor Life, "5 Top Custom Shotshells That Are Better Than Steel," 8 Jan. 2020 Fifty-five power magnification revealed a swarm of gadwalls, teal, and shovelers, thick as piss ants on a cookie. Will Brantley, Field & Stream, "How to Scout for Late-Season Ducks—and Shoot a Limit," 17 Dec. 2019 Nantucket: There was a gadwall and a black-necked stilt at Great Point Lagoon, and a grasshopper sparrow was spotted at Katama Farm., "Bird sightings across the region," 7 July 2019 If not listed, up to six of the species can be taken, such as teal, gadwall and ring-necked ducks. John Myers, Twin Cities, "Outlook for Minnesota duck season: pretty good," 15 Sep. 2019 Guide Ray Sexton reported limits of blue-winged teal and gadwalls. Bink Grimes, Houston Chronicle, "Outdoors report: Jan. 11," 10 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of gadwall

1666, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for gadwall

of obscure origin

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“Gadwall.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Feb. 2021.

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