shel·​duck ˈshel-ˌdək How to pronounce shelduck (audio)
: 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, 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, 10 Dec. 2017

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Word History


shel- (as in sheldrake) + duck

First Known Use

1707, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of shelduck was in 1707

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“Shelduck.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Mar. 2024.

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