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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Examples of wood duck in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web 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 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 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

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First Known Use of wood duck

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 19 Oct. 2021.

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