mal·​lard | \ ˈma-lərd How to pronounce mallard (audio) \
plural mallard or mallards

Definition of mallard

: a common and widely distributed wild duck (Anas platyrhynchos) of the northern hemisphere the males of which have a green head and white-ringed neck and which is the source of the domestic ducks

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Examples of mallard in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Also, a fun side bar about the name: Le Morette refers to the mallard duck who mates during the summertime on Laghetto del Frassino, a local nature preserve. Cathy Huyghe, Forbes, 25 June 2021 Sullivan and her team’s designs run the gamut: Golf bags, mallard ducks, Braves jerseys, cigar boxes, French horns, Auburn helmets, footballs and, in this case, an incredible Bryant-Denny Stadium. Ben Flanagan |, al, 8 June 2021 In 2019, a Wisconsin loon pair adopted a young mallard and was photographed carrying and caring for the duckling on an Oneida County lake. Paul A. Smith, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 4 June 2021 But among the likely more than 100 bird species at Goose Pond this afternoon, Drew Fowler and Jessica Jaworski of the Department of Natural Resources were focused on one: the mallard. Paul A. Smith, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 22 May 2021 So while tall for a mallard duck, Long Boi is of average size compared to other Indian Runner ducks, according to Snopes. Christine Fernando, USA TODAY, 1 May 2021 On March 30, a passerby called police about a mallard duck seen in the middle of Westwood Drive. John Benson, cleveland, 7 Apr. 2021 If your father-in-law’s field-trial champion won’t pick up a single hen mallard in a shallow pond, no big deal. Joe Weimer, Outdoor Life, 22 Feb. 2021 Maybe the pintail or the canvasback is better to eat, but there is nothing in the flying department as wonderfully gaudy as a pheasant or a he-mallard. Field & Stream, 31 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of mallard

14th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for mallard

Middle English, from Anglo-French mallart

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30 Jun 2021

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“Mallard.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Jul. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of mallard

: a very common kind of duck


mal·​lard | \ ˈma-lərd How to pronounce mallard (audio) \

Kids Definition of mallard

: a common wild duck of the northern hemisphere that is the ancestor of the domestic ducks

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