sea duck


: a diving duck (such as a scoter, merganser, or eider) that frequents the sea

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web In 1999, about 110 king eiders, a type of large sea duck, were found dead on Baffin Island in Canada. Megan Marples, CNN, 18 Feb. 2022 Unalaska Island reported 44 kinds of birds, including 623 black scoters, a large sea duck. Zaz Hollander, Anchorage Daily News, 7 Jan. 2022 Berlin started looking into the problem and built the sea duck program at the refuge from the ground up. Katie V. Jones,, 20 May 2021 Marine birds also included mallards, common scoters (a large sea duck), geese, cormorants, gannets, shags, auks, egrets and loons. Ashley Strickland, CNN, 26 Mar. 2020 The master of this art is the eider duck, a portly sea duck that is widespread in the Arctic and feeds by diving for mussels in frigid polar water. Helen Czerski, WSJ, 6 Feb. 2020 In winter, tens of thousands of the threatened Steller's eider sea ducks stay in Izembek and molt. Author: Juliet Eilperin, Anchorage Daily News, 6 Jan. 2018 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1753, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of sea duck was in 1753

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“Sea duck.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Feb. 2023.

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