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  9  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Widgeon  \Widg"eon\,  n.  [Probably  from  an  old  French  form  of  F. 
  vigeon,  vingeon  gingeon  of  uncertain  origin;  cf  L.  vipio 
  -onis,  a  kind  of  small  crane.]  (Zo["o]l.) 
  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  ({A.  Americana})  are  the  most  important 
  species.  The  latter  is  called  also  {baldhead},  {baldpate}, 
  {baldface},  {baldcrown},  {smoking  duck},  {wheat},  {duck},  and 
  {whitebelly}. 
 
  {Bald-faced},  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  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Duck  \Duck\,  n.  [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  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Duck  \Duck\,  v.  t.  [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  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Duck  \Duck\  (d[u^]k),  v.  i. 
  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  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Duck  \Duck\,  n.  [OE.  duke,  doke.  See  {Duck},  v.  t.  ] 
  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}  (Zo["o]l.),  a  fish.  See  {Bummalo}. 
 
  {Buffel  duck},  or  {Spirit  duck}.  See  {Buffel  duck}. 
 
  {Duck  ant}  (Zo["o]l.),  a  species  of  white  ant  in  Jamaica 
  which  builds  large  nests  in  trees. 
 
  {Duck  barnacle}.  (Zo["o]l.)  See  {Goose  barnacle}. 
 
  {Duck  hawk}.  (Zo["o]l.) 
  a  In  the  United  States:  The  peregrine  falcon. 
  b  In  England:  The  marsh  harrier  or  moor  buzzard. 
 
  {Duck  mole}  (Zo["o]l.),  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 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Duck  \Duck\  (d[u^]k),  n.  [Cf.  Dan.  dukke,  Sw  docka,  OHG. 
  doccha  G.  docke.  Cf  {Doxy}.] 
  A  pet;  a  darling.  --Shak. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  duck 
  n  1:  small  wild  or  domesticated  web-footed  broad-billed  swimming 
  bird  usually  having  a  depressed  body  and  short  legs 
  2:  (in  cricket)  a  score  of  nothing  by  a  batsman  [syn:  {duck's 
  egg}] 
  3:  flesh  of  a  duck  (domestic  or  wild) 
  4:  a  heavy  cotton  fabric  of  plain  weave;  used  for  clothing  and 
  tents 
  v  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}] 
  4:  avoid  or  try  to  avoid,  as  of  duties,  questions  and  issues; 
  "He  dodged  the  issue"  [syn:  {hedge},  {fudge},  {evade},  {put 
  off},  {circumvent},  {parry},  {elude},  {skirt},  {dodge},  {sidestep}] 
 
  From  U.S.  Gazetteer  (1990)  [gazetteer]: 
 
  Duck,  WV 
  Zip  code(s):  25063 
 
  From  THE  DEVIL'S  DICTIONARY  ((C)1911  Released  April  15  1993)  [devils]: 
 
  DUCK-:BILL:,  n.  Your  account  at  your  restaurant  during  the  canvas-back 
  season. 
 
 




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