smew

noun
\ ˈsmyü How to pronounce smew (audio) \

Definition of smew

: 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

First Known Use of smew

1674, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for smew

akin to Middle High German smiehe smew

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“Smew.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/smew. Accessed 26 Nov. 2020.

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