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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Recent Examples on the Web Instead of a green-headed mallard, the male of the species looks like the mottled brown hen. Anchorage Daily News, "Knowledge gained in a duck blind can turn a hunter into a springtime naturalist," 6 June 2020 That’s not entirely true –- ducks are gregarious, and the raspy call of a mallard hen is just a request for company. Anchorage Daily News, "Knowledge gained in a duck blind can turn a hunter into a springtime naturalist," 6 June 2020 But one of his most popular illustrations was also of one of the most common of all birds: the mallard duck. The School Of Life, CNN, "The School of Life Presents: Nature may be the antidote to our modern way of life," 27 May 2020 Birds and ducks appeared in the sky after long, isolated winters with no visitors and 40-below nights; those first arrivals of mallards, western meadowlarks, and robins were essential to my sanity. Gretel Ehrlich, The Atlantic, "We Are All Living the Same Moment," 2 May 2020 But adult-onset hunters likely will have some nervousness, maybe even apprehension to killing that first mallard, whitetail or antelope. Joe Genzel, Outdoor Life, "How Do We Really Recruit New Hunters? Here Are 5 Honest Perspectives," 14 Jan. 2020 The idea is to walk the course and look for the birds, starting with Canada geese on Hole 1 and then through such species as Eastern towhees, American robins, belted kingfishers and mallards. Washington Post, "This Rockville golf course is full of birdies — the feathered kind," 10 Feb. 2020 Grouse, pheasant, woodcock, wood duck, goose, mallard, rabbit, deer, bear, moose, fox, opossum—all and more have contributed ingredients to fishing flies over the years. Morgan Lyle, Field & Stream, "7 Great Trout Flies You Can Tie Using Wild-Game Fur and Feathers," 31 Jan. 2020 From analyzing that, scientists identified that the hunter-gatherer was lactose intolerant, had severe periodontal disease, and had recently eaten hazelnuts and part of a mallard duck. National Geographic, "How can small clues further big discoveries?," 30 Dec. 2019

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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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The first known use of mallard was in the 14th century

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29 Jun 2020

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“Mallard.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 Aug. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of mallard

: a very common kind of duck


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Kids Definition of mallard

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

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