: a small Eurasian merganser (Mergus albellus) with the male being white, gray, and black and the female chiefly gray but with a chestnut and white head

Word History


akin to Middle High German smiehe smew

First Known Use

1674, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of smew was in 1674

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“Smew.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/smew. Accessed 13 Jun. 2024.

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