wood duck

noun

Definition of 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

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Recent Examples on the Web There are the excerpts from other wood duck writings, a welcome feature here as in his two earlier books. Jim Williams, Star Tribune, "The most beautiful duck on earth," 25 Aug. 2020 It's considered vital for maintaining mallard, wood duck and other waterfowl populations using the Mississippi Flyway. Rex Nelson, Arkansas Online, "OPINION | REX NELSON: Arkansas' wildlife refuges," 22 Aug. 2020 Instead, hunt early teal seasons, or work the wood duck migration, when conditions are mild and water is warm to just cool. Tom Carpenter, Field & Stream, "New Skills Make a Better Hunting Dog," 25 Nov. 2019 Friday also marked the release of the 2020-21 Junior Duck Stamp, which features a wood duck painted by Madison Grimm, 13, of South Dakota. Paul A. Smith, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Latest edition of federal duck stamp available for purchase," 28 June 2020 The daily bag limit can include no more than four mallards (of which two may be hens), three wood ducks, two canvasbacks, two redheads, two black ducks and one pintail. Paul A. Smith, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Board approves increase in hen mallard limit and earlier opener for north zone in 2020 Wisconsin waterfowl rules," 4 Apr. 2020 There was a greater white-fronted goose along the Westfield River at Stanley Park and three wood ducks at Forest Park in Springfield. BostonGlobe.com, "Bird sightings," 16 Feb. 2020 Grouse, pheasant, woodcock, wood duck, goose, mallard, rabbit, deer, bear, moose, fox, opossum—all and more have contributed ingredients to fishing flies over the years. Morgan Lyle, Field & Stream, "7 Great Trout Flies You Can Tie Using Wild-Game Fur and Feathers," 31 Jan. 2020 Spanning much of the 20th century, the two landmark conservation acts are credited with bringing species such as the wood duck, wild turkey and pronghorn back from the brink of extinction. Paul A. Smith, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "A bill that would provide needed billions for conservation has advanced through a House committee," 28 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of wood duck

1777, in the meaning defined above

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1 Sep 2020

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“Wood duck.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/wood%20duck. Accessed 20 Oct. 2020.

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