flock duck
Raft Raft, n. [Originally, a rafter, spar, and fr. Icel. raptr a rafter; akin to Dan. raft, Prov. G. raff a rafter, spar; cf. OHG. r[=a]fo, r[=a]vo, a beam, rafter, Icel. r[=a]f roof. Cf. {Rafter}, n.] 1. A collection of logs, boards, pieces of timber, or the like, fastened together, either for their own collective conveyance on the water, or to serve as a support in conveying other things; a float. [1913 Webster]

2. A collection of logs, fallen trees, etc. (such as is formed in some Western rivers of the United States), which obstructs navigation. [U.S.] [1913 Webster]

3. [Perhaps akin to raff a heap.] A large collection of people or things taken indiscriminately. [Slang, U. S.] ``A whole raft of folks.'' --W. D. Howells. [1913 Webster]

{Raft bridge}. (a) A bridge whose points of support are rafts. (b) A bridge that consists of floating timbers fastened together.

{Raft duck}. [The name alludes to its swimming in dense flocks.] (Zo["o]l.) (a) The bluebill, or greater scaup duck; -- called also {flock duck}. See {Scaup}. (b) The redhead.

{Raft port} (Naut.), a large, square port in a vessel's side for loading or unloading timber or other bulky articles; a timber or lumber port. [1913 Webster]


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