mallard

noun

mal·​lard ˈma-lərd How to pronounce mallard (audio)
plural mallard or mallards
: 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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Illustration of mallard

Examples of mallard in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web There’s a reason that mallards are the most abundant duck in North America. Andrew McKean, Outdoor Life, 20 Dec. 2023 In this case, the collision was from a drake mallard duck (Anas platyrhynchos) lying dead on its belly in the sand. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, 5 June 2023 The film follows a family of mallards whose trip south for the winter takes some unexpected detours. Brent Lang, Variety, 29 Dec. 2023 My favorite late-season call is a mallard drake call. T. Edward Nickens, Field & Stream, 27 Dec. 2023 The $70 million comedy, about a family of mallards who are heading south for the winter, has generated a soft $24 million to date. Rebecca Rubin, Variety, 27 Dec. 2023 The film, which was written by White Lotus creator Mike White, is a tale of how a family of mallards embarks on an inspired journey from New England to Jamaica. Lovia Gyarkye, The Hollywood Reporter, 20 Dec. 2023 The comedic tale follows a family of mallards on a wrong-way trip, mixing life lessons with Renner’s delightfully wacky animal-centric comedy. Peter Debruge, Variety, 5 Dec. 2023 Passengers may spy mergansers and mallards, deer, and even black bears. Mark Orwoll, Travel + Leisure, 5 Oct. 2023

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Word History

Etymology

Middle English, from Anglo-French mallart

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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

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“Mallard.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/mallard. Accessed 22 Apr. 2024.

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mallard

noun
mal·​lard ˈmal-ərd How to pronounce mallard (audio)
plural mallard or mallards
: a common and widely distributed wild duck of the northern hemisphere the males of which have a green head and white ring around the neck and that is the source of the domestic ducks

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