wood duck

noun

: a showy American duck (Aix sponsa) which nests in tree cavities and the males of which have a large crest and iridescent plumage varied with green, purple, black, white, and chestnut

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Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Take the wood duck, the Wisconsin Waterfowl Association, the Society for Typmanuchus Cupido Pinnatus, the Natural Resources Foundation of Wisconsin and a bevy of volunteers. Paul A. Smith, Journal Sentinel, 3 Nov. 2022 The primary culprits in the wood duck decline were unregulated hunting and habitat loss. Paul A. Smith, Journal Sentinel, 3 Nov. 2022 Several species of waterfowl, including Canada goose, wood duck, gadwall and American wigeon, flock to the island, and various fish populations, such as burbot, northern pike and largemouth bass, frequent its waters. Washington Post, 20 Jan. 2022 Unquestionably, the drake wood duck is the most beautiful of all waterfowl, with the female also being more colorful than the females of other species. Jim Gilbert, Star Tribune, 27 May 2021 Owl season was drawing to a close by the time two young owls flew in to sit on a wood duck house one evening in July. Val Cunningham Special To The Star Tribune, Star Tribune, 12 Jan. 2021 There are the excerpts from other wood duck writings, a welcome feature here as in his two earlier books. Jim Williams Contributing Writer, Star Tribune, 10 Nov. 2020 There are the excerpts from other wood duck writings, a welcome feature here as in his two earlier books. Jim Williams Contributing Writer, Star Tribune, 10 Nov. 2020 There are the excerpts from other wood duck writings, a welcome feature here as in his two earlier books. Jim Williams Contributing Writer, Star Tribune, 10 Nov. 2020 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1777, in the meaning defined above

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“Wood duck.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/wood%20duck. Accessed 1 Feb. 2023.

Kids Definition

wood duck

noun
: a showy American duck which nests in the hollowed-out spaces of trees and the male of which has a large crest on the head and feathers colored with green, black, purple, white, and brown

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