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duck

7 definitions found

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Widgeon \Widg"eon\, noun [Probably from an old French form of F. vigeon, vingeon, gingeon; of uncertain origin; cf. L. vipio, -onis, a kind of small crane.] (Zool.) Any one of several species of fresh-water ducks, especially those belonging to the subgenus {Mareca}, of the genus {Anas}. The common European widgeon ({Anas penelope}) and the American widgeon ({Anas Americana}) are the most important species. The latter is called also {baldhead}, {baldpate}, {baldface}, {baldcrown}, {smoking duck}, {wheat}, {duck}, and {whitebelly}.

{Bald-faced widgeon}, or {Green-headed widgeon}, the American widgeon.

{Black widgeon}, the European tufted duck.

{Gray widgeon}. (a) The gadwall. (b) The pintail duck.

{Great headed widgeon}, the poachard.

{Pied widgeon}. (a) The poachard. (b) The goosander.

{Saw-billed widgeon}, the merganser.

{Sea widgeon}. See in the Vocabulary.

{Spear widgeon}, the goosander. [Prov. Eng.]

{Spoonbilled widgeon}, the shoveler.

{White widgeon}, the smew.

{Wood widgeon}, the wood duck.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Duck \Duck\, verb (used with an object) [imp. & p. p. {Ducked}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Ducking}.] [OE. duken, douken, to dive; akin to D. duiken, OHG. t?hhan, MHG. tucken, t["u]cken, t?chen, G. tuchen. Cf. 5th {Duck}.]

1. To thrust or plunge under water or other liquid and suddenly withdraw.

Adams, after ducking the squire twice or thrice, leaped out of the tub. --Fielding.

2. To plunge the head of under water, immediately withdrawing it; as, duck the boy.

3. To bow; to bob down; to move quickly with a downward motion. " Will duck his head aside." --Swift.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Duck \Duck\ (d[u^]k), noun [Cf. Dan. dukke, Sw. docka, OHG. doccha, G. docke. Cf. {Doxy}.] A pet; a darling. --Shak.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Duck \Duck\, noun [D. doek cloth, canvas, or Icel. d[=u]kr cloth; akin to OHG. tuoh, G. tuch, Sw. duk, Dan. dug.]

1. A linen (or sometimes cotton) fabric, finer and lighter than canvas, -- used for the lighter sails of vessels, the sacking of beds, and sometimes for men's clothing.

2. (Naut.) pl. The light clothes worn by sailors in hot climates. [Colloq.]

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Duck \Duck\ (d[u^]k), verb (used without an object)

1. To go under the surface of water and immediately reappear; to dive; to plunge the head in water or other liquid; to dip.

In Tiber ducking thrice by break of day. --Dryden.

2. To drop the head or person suddenly; to bow.

The learned pate Ducks to the golden fool. --Shak.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Duck \Duck\, noun [OE. duke, doke. See {Duck}, verb (used with an object) ]

1. (Zool.) Any bird of the subfamily {Anatin[ae]}, family {Anatid[ae]}.

Note: The genera and species are numerous. They are divided into {river ducks} and {sea ducks}. Among the former are the common domestic duck ({Anas boschas}); the wood duck ({Aix sponsa}); the beautiful mandarin duck of China ({Dendronessa galeriliculata}); the Muscovy duck, originally of South America ({Cairina moschata}). Among the sea ducks are the eider, canvasback, scoter, etc.

2. A sudden inclination of the bead or dropping of the person, resembling the motion of a duck in water.

Here be, without duck or nod, Other trippings to be trod. --Milton.

{Bombay duck} (Zool.), a fish. See {Bummalo}.

{Buffel duck}, {Spirit duck}. See {Buffel duck}.

{Duck ant} (Zool.), a species of white ant in Jamaica which builds large nests in trees.

{Duck barnacle}. (Zool.) See {Goose barnacle}.

{Duck hawk}. (Zool.) (a) In the United States: The peregrine falcon. (b) In England: The marsh harrier or moor buzzard.

{Duck mole} (Zool.), a small aquatic mammal of Australia, having webbed feet and a bill resembling that of a duck ({Ornithorhynchus anatinus}). It belongs the subclass Monotremata and is remarkable for laying eggs like a bird or reptile; -- called also {duckbill}, {platypus}, {mallangong}, {mullingong}, {tambreet}, and {water mole}.

{To make ducks and drakes}, to throw a flat stone obliquely, so as to make it rebound repeatedly from the surface of the water, raising a succession of jets; hence:

{To play at ducks and drakes}, with property, to throw it away heedlessly or squander it foolishly and unprofitably.

{Lame duck}. See under {Lame}.

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:

duck

noun

1: small wild or domesticated web-footed broad-billed swimming bird usually having a depressed body and short legs

2: (cricket) a score of nothing by a batsman [syn: {duck}, {duck's egg}]

3: flesh of a duck (domestic or wild)

4: a heavy cotton fabric of plain weave; used for clothing and tents

verb

1: to move (the head or body) quickly downwards or away; "Before he could duck, another stone struck him"

2: submerge or plunge suddenly

3: dip into a liquid; "He dipped into the pool" [syn: {dip}, {douse}, {duck}]

4: avoid or try to avoid fulfilling, answering, or performing (duties, questions, or issues); "He dodged the issue"; "she skirted the problem"; "They tend to evade their responsibilities"; "he evaded the questions skillfully" [syn: {hedge}, {fudge}, {evade}, {put off}, {circumvent}, {parry}, {elude}, {skirt}, {dodge}, {duck}, {sidestep}]

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