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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The 2018 total mallard population estimate of 216,652 is up 20% from last year and 19% above the long-term mean. Paul A. Smith, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Smith: As habitat dwindles, duck numbers deserve a close watch," 4 July 2018 Every year there are usually a few mallard ducks, along with the occasional wood-duck couple, at the creek. John Kelly, Washington Post, "Duck, duck, geese: It’s the time of year when waterways are full of water birds," 26 June 2018 The drake mallard hung around, quacking from the roofline of my neighbor’s house for a few days, and then another female appeared. Frank Abderholden, Lake County News-Sun, "On-deck observations from the backyard," 3 June 2018 Resident birds include mallards, wild turkeys and brown thrashers. Houston Chronicle, "Top birding spots around Texas," 10 May 2018 On a recent cool morning here, mallards flew overhead, pelicans swam on the lake, coots picked bugs out of the mud, and a lone doe sauntered through tall grass. Adam Popescu, New York Times, "‘These Eagles Are More Than Just a Symbol’," 20 Mar. 2018 At the edge of the property is a pond where swans, mallards and coots paddle around. Pete Wells, New York Times, "The New Noma: Frequently Asked Questions," 24 Apr. 2018 On the hunting opportunity list are dove, quail, pheasant, mallard duck, whitetail deer, Axis deer and Rio Grande turkey hunting. Ralph Winingham, San Antonio Express-News, "Joshua Creek Ranch Recognized by Outdoor Industry Leader," 19 Apr. 2018 To them, a marshy low spot that provides nesting for mallards and muskrats is a hindrance to progress. Paul A. Smith, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Smith: Sportsmen for Wetlands initiative wells up in Wisconsin," 7 Feb. 2018

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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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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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