green-winged teal

noun
\ ˈgrēn-ˌwiŋ(d)- How to pronounce green-winged teal (audio) \

Definition of green-winged teal

: a small Holarctic dabbling duck (Anas crecca) the male of which has a chestnut head with a green eye patch and a metallic green area on the wing speculum

Examples of green-winged teal in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Or soak up quiet of a cool July evening paddling on a Southcentral Alaska lake, watching a green-winged teal paddle with her chicks in tow. Mike Campbell, Anchorage Daily News, "Whether it’s on a boat tour, raft or kayak, get on the water and soak up some scenery," 28 May 2020 Based on its bones, the Wonderchicken was likely a small, ground-dwelling bird — about the size of a male green-winged teal. Cara Giaimo, New York Times, "What to Name the Oldest Modern Bird Fossil? Wonderchicken," 18 Mar. 2020 Observers spotted 80 Northern pintails and 300 green-winged teals. BostonGlobe.com, "Most read on BostonGlobe.com," 3 Nov. 2019 Some of these visitors will include green-winged teal, the colorful wood duck, Western and Clark’s grebes, some species of sandpiper and loons. Ernie Cowan, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Ladder-backed woodpecker is fond of the desert," 19 Sep. 2019 Lots of green-winged teal are holding on shallow catfish ponds along the coast. Bink Grimes, Houston Chronicle, "Outdoors report: Jan. 27," 26 Jan. 2018 Guide Harlan Boettcher of Prairie Waterfowl reported an abundance of green-winged teal with fast limits around Eagle Lake. Bink Grimes, Houston Chronicle, "Outdoors report: Dec. 10," 9 Dec. 2017 East Bernard/Eagle Lake - Guide Harlan Boettcher of Prairie Waterfowl reported limits of green-winged teal. Bink Grimes, Houston Chronicle, "Outdoors report: Dec. 29," 28 Dec. 2017

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First Known Use of green-winged teal

1791, in the meaning defined above

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“Green-winged teal.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/green-winged%20teal. Accessed 8 Aug. 2020.

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