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

First Known Use of ruddy duck

1813


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