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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Down below, a mother mallard paraded her ducklings along the sea wall.
Their bears are damp from trout, their mallards balance on feathers.
Most are pigeons, though the shelter also gets a lot of mallards, says André de Baerdemaeker, an ecologist and chairman of the shelter’s board of directors.
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Origin and Etymology of mallard
Middle English, from Anglo-French mallart
First Known Use: 14th centurySee Words from the same year
MALLARD Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of mallard for English Language Learners
: a very common kind of duck
MALLARD Defined for Kids
Definition of mallard for Students
: a common wild duck of the northern hemisphere that is the ancestor of the domestic ducks
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