shel·​duck | \ ˈshel-ˌdək How to pronounce shelduck (audio) \

Definition of shelduck

: any of various Old World ducks (genus Tadorna) especially : a common mostly black-and-white duck (T. tadorna) slightly larger than the mallard

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Examples of shelduck in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web One of the best known molt migrations in Europe involves the common shelduck. Paul A. Smith, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Smith: Canada geese grouping up before molt migration," 9 June 2018 Shelduck mystery The report and photograph of a European shelduck at Clear Lake, 5,500 miles from its home at the Wadden Sea off Germany, may have been solved. Tom Stienstra, San Francisco Chronicle, "Wildlife victory crowned by 20 herds with 13,000 elk," 10 Dec. 2017

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First Known Use of shelduck

1707, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for shelduck

shel- (as in sheldrake) + duck

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“Shelduck.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 27 January 2020.

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