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 Fish imprinted 12 groups of seven one-day-old ducklings on a decoy of a female mallard duck and trained them to swim for 20 to 30 minutes every day in a recirculating water channel enclosed in a metabolic chamber. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, 15 Sep. 2022 Examples of birds to look for at the preserve: A variety of ducks including northern shoveler, green-winged teal and mallard. Shanti Lerner, The Arizona Republic, 30 June 2022 Two slices of ham form a neck, while a pheasant and a mallard stand in for a shoulder that leads us to sausage fingers. Natasha Gural, Forbes, 24 June 2022 By the 1930s, the mallard was breeding in local areas and the population in Connecticut steadily increased. Jesse Leavenworth, Hartford Courant, 22 Apr. 2022 Hours were lost to the ingenious Better Homes & Gardens cover, with Styles plopped in a pond or somesuch wearing a mallard sweater and boxer briefs; to say nothing of the daily delights of @harrysflorals on Instagram. Michelle Ruiz, Vogue, 21 May 2022 In Connecticut, mallard courtship and mating occurs through late winter, with nest building in April. Jesse Leavenworth, Hartford Courant, 22 Apr. 2022 Toward the end of the show, based on an internet meme in which realistic items are sliced into and revealed to be cake, Julian chose to construct a mallard decoy duck. NBC News, 15 Apr. 2022 The pair recently spoke with THR about their new project, which indeed included an intimacy coordinator for Wever and her mallard co-star, as well as their take, two years later, on GLOW’s COVID-era cancellation. Mikey O'connell, The Hollywood Reporter, 15 Apr. 2022 See More

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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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“Mallard.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Oct. 2022.

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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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