ruddy duck

noun

Definition of ruddy duck

: an American duck (Oxyura jamaicensis) with a long tail of stiff feathers, a broad bill, and in the breeding male a brownish-red back and sides and a blue bill

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Recent Examples on the Web Parker River National Wildlife Refuge: Among reports were four Northern shovelers, a Eurasian wigeon, a ruddy duck, a pectoral sandpiper, three American woodcocks, an Eastern phoebe, and a Lapland longspur. BostonGlobe.com, "Most read on BostonGlobe.com," 3 Nov. 2019 Miscellaneous: Last week’s reports included a Bufflehead at Nantucket, a ruddy duck at the Chestnut Hill Reservoir, and a common loon at Heards Pond in Wayland. BostonGlobe.com, "Bird sightings," 22 July 2019 Brennan didn't see how the ruddy ducks could possibly grow them even longer. National Geographic, "Duck Penises Grow Bigger Among Rivals," 20 Sep. 2017 Meanwhile, ruddy ducks already have enormous penises that stretch nearly as long as the rest of their bodies. National Geographic, "Duck Penises Grow Bigger Among Rivals," 20 Sep. 2017 The highly promiscuous ruddy ducks never form pair bonds, and almost all copulations are forced. National Geographic, "Duck Penises Grow Bigger Among Rivals," 20 Sep. 2017

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1813, in the meaning defined above

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“Ruddy duck.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ruddy%20duck. Accessed 9 Jul. 2020.

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