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Mallard vs. Duck

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Mallardnoun

A common and widespread dabbling duck, Anas platyrhynchos, whose male has a distinctive dark green head.

Duckverb

(intransitive) To quickly lower the head or body in order to prevent it from being struck by something.

Mallardnoun

A drake; the male of Anas boschas.

Duckverb

(transitive) To quickly lower (the head) in order to prevent it from being struck by something.

Mallardnoun

A large wild duck (Anas boschas) inhabiting both America and Europe. The domestic duck has descended from this species. Called also greenhead.

Duckverb

(transitive) To lower (something) into water; to thrust or plunge under liquid and suddenly withdraw.

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Mallardnoun

wild dabbling duck from which domestic ducks are descended; widely distributed

Duckverb

(intransitive) To go under the surface of water and immediately reappear; to plunge one's head into water or other liquid.

Mallard

The mallard () or wild duck (Anas platyrhynchos) is a dabbling duck that breeds throughout the temperate and subtropical Americas, Eurasia, and North Africa, and has been introduced to New Zealand, Australia, Peru, Brazil, Uruguay, Argentina, Chile, Colombia, the Falkland Islands, and South Africa. This duck belongs to the subfamily Anatinae of the waterfowl family Anatidae.

Duckverb

(intransitive) To bow.

Duckverb

(transitive) To evade doing something.

Duckverb

(transitive) To lower the volume of (a sound) so that other sounds in the mix can be heard more clearly.

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Duckverb

To enter a place for a short moment.

‘I'm just going to duck into the loo for a minute, can you hold my bag?’;

Ducknoun

An aquatic bird of the family Anatidae, having a flat bill and webbed feet.

Ducknoun

Specifically, an adult female duck; contrasted with drake and with duckling.

Ducknoun

(uncountable) The flesh of a duck used as food.

Ducknoun

(cricket) A batsman's score of zero after getting out. (short for duck's egg, since the digit "0" is round like an egg.)

Ducknoun

(slang) A playing card with the rank of two.

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Ducknoun

A partly-flooded cave passage with limited air space.

Ducknoun

A building intentionally constructed in the shape of an everyday object to which it is related.

‘A luncheonette in the shape of a coffee cup is particularly conspicuous, as is intended of an architectural duck or folly.’;

Ducknoun

A marble to be shot at with another marble (the shooter) in children's games.

Ducknoun

(US) A cairn used to mark a trail.

Ducknoun

One of the weights used to hold a spline in place for the purpose of drawing a curve.

Ducknoun

A tightly-woven cotton fabric used as sailcloth.

Ducknoun

(in plural) Trousers made of such material.

Ducknoun

A term of endearment; pet; darling.

‘And hold-fast is the only dog, my duck (William Shakespeare - The Life of King Henry the Fifth, Act 2, Scene 3).’;

Ducknoun

(Midlands) Dear, mate (informal way of addressing a friend or stranger).

‘Ay up duck, ow'a'tha?’;

Ducknoun

A pet; a darling.

Ducknoun

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.

Ducknoun

The light clothes worn by sailors in hot climates.

Ducknoun

Any bird of the subfamily Anatinæ, family Anatidæ.

Ducknoun

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.’;

Duckverb

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.’;

Duckverb

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

Duckverb

To bow; to bob down; to move quickly with a downward motion.

Duckverb

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.’;

Duckverb

To drop the head or person suddenly; to bow.

‘The learned pateDucks to the golden fool.’;

Ducknoun

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

Ducknoun

(cricket) a score of nothing by a batsman

Ducknoun

flesh of a duck (domestic or wild)

Ducknoun

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

Duckverb

to move (the head or body) quickly downwards or away;

‘Before he could duck, another stone struck him’;

Duckverb

submerge or plunge suddenly

Duckverb

dip into a liquid;

‘He dipped into the pool’;

Duckverb

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’;

Ducknoun

a waterbird with a broad blunt bill, short legs, webbed feet, and a waddling gait.

Ducknoun

a female duck.

Ducknoun

a duck as food

‘a tangy stew of duck, lamb, and sausage’;

Ducknoun

a pure white thin-shelled bivalve mollusc found off the Atlantic coasts of America.

Ducknoun

an amphibious transport vehicle

‘visitors can board an amphibious duck to explore the city’;

Ducknoun

a quick lowering of the head.

Ducknoun

dear; darling (used as an informal or affectionate form of address, especially among cockneys)

‘where've yer been, ducks!’; ‘it's time you changed, my duck’;

Ducknoun

a strong linen or cotton fabric, used chiefly for work clothes and sails

‘cotton duck’;

Ducknoun

trousers made of duck.

Ducknoun

a batsman's score of nought

‘he was out for a duck’;

Duckverb

lower the head or the body quickly to avoid a blow or missile or so as not to be seen

‘spectators ducked for cover’; ‘he ducked his head and entered’;

Duckverb

depart quickly

‘I thought I saw you duck out’;

Duckverb

avoid (a blow or missile) by moving quickly

‘he ducked a punch from an angry first baseman’;

Duckverb

evade or avoid (an unwelcome duty or undertaking)

‘a responsibility which a less courageous man might well have ducked’; ‘I was engaged twice and ducked out both times’;

Duckverb

push or plunge (someone) under water, either playfully or as a punishment

‘Rufus grabbed him from behind to duck him under the surface’;

Duckverb

refrain from playing a winning card on a particular trick for tactical reasons

‘declarer ducked the opening spade lead’;

Duck

Duck is the common name for numerous species of waterfowl in the family Anatidae. Ducks are generally smaller and shorter-necked than swans and geese, which are also members of the same family.

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