Middle English, from sheld- (akin to Middle Dutch schillede parti-colored) + drake
14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1
“Sheldrake.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sheldrake. Accessed 26 Nov. 2022.
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