wood duck
noun Date: 1777 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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  • Wood duck — Wood Wood, n. [OE. wode, wude, AS. wudu, wiodu; akin to OHG. witu, Icel. vi?r, Dan. & Sw. ved wood, and probably to Ir. & Gael. fiodh, W. gwydd trees, shrubs.] [1913 Webster] 1. A large and thick collection of trees; a forest or grove; frequently …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • wood duck — wood′ duck n. orn a tree nesting North American duck, Aix sponsa, the male of which has iridescent green and purple plumage with white facial markings • Etymology: 1770–80, amer …   From formal English to slang

  • wood duck — ☆ wood duck n. a brilliantly colored North American duck (Aix sponsa) that nests in hollow trees near woodland lakes …   English World dictionary

  • Wood Duck — See also Australian Wood Duck. Wood Duck Male in the Ouwehands Dierenpark, Netherlands …   Wikipedia

  • wood duck — noun showy North American duck that nests in hollow trees • Syn: ↑summer duck, ↑wood widgeon, ↑Aix sponsa • Hypernyms: ↑duck • Hyponyms: ↑wood drake • …   Useful english dictionary

  • wood duck — a North American duck, Aix sponsa, that nests in trees, the male of which has a long crest and black, chestnut, green, purple, and white plumage. [1770 80, Amer.] * * * North American duck (Aix sponsa, family Anatidae); a popular game bird. Wood… …   Universalium

  • wood duck — /ˈwʊd dʌk/ (say wood duk) noun 1. an endemic Australian duck, Chenonetta jubata, with a dark maned head, common on wetlands throughout southern Australia. 2. the North American duck, Aix sponsa. 3. Colloquial a customer, as at a used car saleyard …   Australian English dictionary

  • wood duck — noun A colorful North American duck, Aix sponsa, that nests in hollow trees …   Wiktionary

  • wood duck — noun a tree nesting North American duck, the male of which has brightly coloured plumage. [Aix sponsa.] …   English new terms dictionary

  • Wood duck — (car sales) one who is easily duped; a naive customer; one who gives in easily in the bargaining …   Dictionary of Australian slang

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