Arctonetta Fischeri
Eider Ei"der, n. [Of Scand. origin, cf. Icel [ae]?r; akin to Sw. eider, Dan. ederfugl.] (Zo["o]l.) Any species of sea duck of the genus {Somateria}, esp. {Somateria mollissima}, which breeds in the northern parts of Europe and America, and lines its nest with fine down (taken from its own body) which is an article of commerce; -- called also {eider duck}. The American eider ({S. Dresseri}), the king eider ({S. spectabilis}), and the spectacled eider ({Arctonetta Fischeri}) are related species. [1913 Webster]

{Eider down}. [Cf. Icel. [ae][eth]ard[=u]n, Sw. eiderd[=u]n, Dan. ederduun.] Down of the eider duck, much sought after as an article of luxury. [1913 Webster]


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  • Eider — Ei der, n. [Of Scand. origin, cf. Icel [ae]?r; akin to Sw. eider, Dan. ederfugl.] (Zo[ o]l.) Any species of sea duck of the genus {Somateria}, esp. {Somateria mollissima}, which breeds in the northern parts of Europe and America, and lines its… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Eider down — Eider Ei der, n. [Of Scand. origin, cf. Icel [ae]?r; akin to Sw. eider, Dan. ederfugl.] (Zo[ o]l.) Any species of sea duck of the genus {Somateria}, esp. {Somateria mollissima}, which breeds in the northern parts of Europe and America, and lines… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • eider duck — Eider Ei der, n. [Of Scand. origin, cf. Icel [ae]?r; akin to Sw. eider, Dan. ederfugl.] (Zo[ o]l.) Any species of sea duck of the genus {Somateria}, esp. {Somateria mollissima}, which breeds in the northern parts of Europe and America, and lines… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • S Dresseri — Eider Ei der, n. [Of Scand. origin, cf. Icel [ae]?r; akin to Sw. eider, Dan. ederfugl.] (Zo[ o]l.) Any species of sea duck of the genus {Somateria}, esp. {Somateria mollissima}, which breeds in the northern parts of Europe and America, and lines… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • S spectabilis — Eider Ei der, n. [Of Scand. origin, cf. Icel [ae]?r; akin to Sw. eider, Dan. ederfugl.] (Zo[ o]l.) Any species of sea duck of the genus {Somateria}, esp. {Somateria mollissima}, which breeds in the northern parts of Europe and America, and lines… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Somateria mollissima — Eider Ei der, n. [Of Scand. origin, cf. Icel [ae]?r; akin to Sw. eider, Dan. ederfugl.] (Zo[ o]l.) Any species of sea duck of the genus {Somateria}, esp. {Somateria mollissima}, which breeds in the northern parts of Europe and America, and lines… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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