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)

Examples of gadwall in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Waterfowl sightings included a gadwall in West Springfield, three ring-necked ducks at Forest Park in Springfield, and three Northern pintails at the Longmeadow Flats in Longmeadow., 19 Feb. 2022 Hampshire County: Observers spotted a gadwall in Ware, five green-winged teal in Hatfield, and a Barrow’s goldeneye on the south side of the Holyoke Dam., 29 Jan. 2022 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, 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, 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, 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, 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, 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., 7 July 2019 See More

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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 16 May. 2022.

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