Stifftail
Stifftail Stiff"tail`, n. The ruddy duck. [Local, U.S.] [1913 Webster]

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  • stifftail — ▪ bird       any of several small, round ducks with short wings and long, spiky tail feathers, of the tribe Oxyurini, family Anatidae (order Anseriformes). A common and typical stifftail is the ruddy duck (Oxyura jamaicensis) of North America. In …   Universalium

  • stifftail — Ruddy Rud dy, a. [Compar. {Ruddier}; superl. {Ruddiest}.] [AS. rudig. See {Rud}, n.] 1. Of a red color; red, or reddish; as, a ruddy sky; a ruddy flame. Milton. [1913 Webster] They were more ruddy in body than rubies. Lam. iv. 7. [1913 Webster] 2 …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • stifftail — noun a duck with a tail of pointed feathers often held up at an angle, e.g. the ruddy duck …   English new terms dictionary

  • stifftail — ˈ ̷ ̷ˌ ̷ ̷ noun : ruddy duck …   Useful english dictionary

  • anseriform — ▪ bird order Introduction  any of the 150 species comprising the bird order Anseriformes, which comprises the ducks (duck), geese (goose), and swans (swan) (family Anatidae) and the screamers (the three species of family Anhimidae). Anatidae… …   Universalium

  • Musk Duck — Not to be confused with the Muscovy Duck (Cairina moschata). Musk Duck Female. Note tail fan slightly twisted to the right. Conservation status …   Wikipedia

  • Anatidae — ▪ bird family       bird family that includes ducks, geese, and swans; it constitutes the suborder Anseres by far the larger part of the order Anseriformes (anseriform).       A widely accepted system of classification divides the Anatidae into 3 …   Universalium

  • dunbird — Ruddy Rud dy, a. [Compar. {Ruddier}; superl. {Ruddiest}.] [AS. rudig. See {Rud}, n.] 1. Of a red color; red, or reddish; as, a ruddy sky; a ruddy flame. Milton. [1913 Webster] They were more ruddy in body than rubies. Lam. iv. 7. [1913 Webster] 2 …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • dundiver — Ruddy Rud dy, a. [Compar. {Ruddier}; superl. {Ruddiest}.] [AS. rudig. See {Rud}, n.] 1. Of a red color; red, or reddish; as, a ruddy sky; a ruddy flame. Milton. [1913 Webster] They were more ruddy in body than rubies. Lam. iv. 7. [1913 Webster] 2 …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Erismatura rubida — Ruddy Rud dy, a. [Compar. {Ruddier}; superl. {Ruddiest}.] [AS. rudig. See {Rud}, n.] 1. Of a red color; red, or reddish; as, a ruddy sky; a ruddy flame. Milton. [1913 Webster] They were more ruddy in body than rubies. Lam. iv. 7. [1913 Webster] 2 …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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