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  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  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. 
 
  {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. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  eider 
  n  :  duck  of  the  northern  hemisphere  much  valued  for  the  fine 
  soft  down  of  the  females  [syn:  {eider  duck}] 




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