wood duck


: 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

Illustration of wood duck

Illustration of wood duck

Examples of wood duck in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The flip side Thanks so much to Joey and Dan for putting up wood duck houses on Lake Bell! Ticked Off, Orlando Sentinel, 28 June 2024 Some species, including wood ducks, buffleheads and mergansers, will stay in the forested areas of Wisconsin and Minnesota to nest in tree cavities. Journal Sentinel, 22 Apr. 2024 There are special wood duck calls tuned to make the higher squeals of wood ducks. Phil Bourjaily, Field & Stream, 15 Feb. 2024 Birders will wear out their binoculars scanning for the dozens of species found at the park including meadowlark, summer tanager, northern shoveler and wood duck. Roger Naylor, The Arizona Republic, 7 Mar. 2024 That bland description does the drake wood duck’s plumage no justice at all. Phil Bourjaily, Field & Stream, 15 Feb. 2024 Some winter in Mexico and wood ducks are year-round residents of Cuba. Phil Bourjaily, Field & Stream, 15 Feb. 2024 The teal and wood duck season started Saturday and runs through Wednesday. Steve Waters, Miami Herald, 30 Jan. 2024 Some ’fowlers swear by ‘em, though, and blowing a wood duck call at a wood duck makes more sense (to me) than blowing a mallard call at a wood duck. M.d. Johnson, Field & Stream, 23 Jan. 2023

These examples are programmatically compiled from various online sources to illustrate current usage of the word 'wood duck.' Any opinions expressed in the examples do not represent those of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback about these examples.

Word History

First Known Use

1777, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of wood duck was in 1777

Dictionary Entries Near wood duck

Cite this Entry

“Wood duck.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/wood%20duck. Accessed 16 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition

wood duck

: 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

More from Merriam-Webster on wood duck

Last Updated: - Updated example sentences
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!