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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Guide Ray Sexton reported limits of blue-winged teal and gadwalls. Bink Grimes, Houston Chronicle, "Outdoors report: Jan. 11," 10 Jan. 2018 S Hagerman Wildlife Refuge The 11,320-acre national refuge at Lake Texoma teems with winter flocks of snow geese, Ross's geese and Canada geese along with scores of winter ducks, such as American wigeons, gadwalls and Northern pintails. Houston Chronicle, "Top birding spots around Texas," 10 May 2018 Lake Livingston - Guide Simon Cosper reported limits of wood ducks, gadwalls and teal. Bink Grimes, Houston Chronicle, "Outdoors report: Jan. 19," 18 Jan. 2018 Hunting - Guide Brian Davenport of Fin and Fowl reported solid hunts in the marsh east of town for teal, gadwalls and pintails. Bink Grimes, Houston Chronicle, "Outdoors report: Jan. 13," 12 Jan. 2018 Hunting - Guide Brian Davenport of Fin and Fowl reported good shoots for teal and gadwalls in the Anahuac and East Galveston Bay marsh. Bink Grimes, Houston Chronicle, "Outdoors report: Dec. 24," 23 Dec. 2017 This year's gadwall count is an incredible 111 percent above the long-term average. Todd Masson,, "Most Louisiana hunters will be thrilled with annual duck report," 15 Aug. 2017

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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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