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  5  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Redhead  \Red"head`\  (-h?d`),  n. 
  1.  A  person  having  red  hair. 
 
  2.  (Zo["o]l.) 
  a  An  American  duck  ({Aythya  Americana})  highly  esteemed 
  as  a  game  bird.  It  is  closely  allied  to  the 
  canvasback,  but  is  smaller  and  its  head  brighter  red. 
  Called  also  {red-headed  duck}.  {American  poachard}, 
  {grayback},  and  {fall  duck}.  See  Illust.  under 
  {Poachard}. 
  b  The  red-headed  woodpecker.  See  {Woodpecker}. 
 
  3.  (Bot.)  A  kind  of  milkweed  ({Asclepias  Curassavica})  with 
  red  flowers.  It  is  used  in  medicine. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Dowitcher  \Dow"itch*er\,  n.  (Zo["o]l.) 
  The  red-breasted  or  gray  snipe  ({Macrorhamphus  griseus});  -- 
  called  also  {brownback},  and  {grayback}. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Grayback  \Gray"back`\,  n.  (Zo["o]l.) 
  a  The  California  gray  whale. 
  b  The  redbreasted  sandpiper  or  knot. 
  c  The  dowitcher. 
  d  The  body  louse. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Gray  \Gray\,  a.  [Compar.  {Grayer};  superl.  {Grayest}.]  [OE. 
  gray,  grey,  AS  gr[=ae]g,  gr[=e]g;  akin  to  D.  graauw  OHG. 
  gr[=a]o,  G.  grau,  Dan.  graa,  Sw  gr[*a],  Icel.  gr[=a]r.] 
  [Written  also  {grey}.] 
  1.  White  mixed  with  black,  as  the  color  of  pepper  and  salt, 
  or  of  ashes,  or  of  hair  whitened  by  age;  sometimes  a  dark 
  mixed  color;  as  the  soft  gray  eye  of  a  dove. 
 
  These  gray  and  dun  colors  may  be  also  produced  by 
  mixing  whites  and  blacks.  --Sir  I. 
  Newton. 
 
  2.  Gray-haired;  gray-headed;  of  a  gray  color;  hoary. 
 
  3.  Old  mature;  as  gray  experience.  Ames. 
 
  {Gray  antimony}  (Min.),  stibnite. 
 
  {Gray  buck}  (Zo["o]l.),  the  chickara. 
 
  {Gray  cobalt}  (Min.),  smaltite. 
 
  {Gray  copper}  (Min.),  tetrahedrite. 
 
  {Gray  duck}  (Zo["o]l.),  the  gadwall;  also  applied  to  the 
  female  mallard. 
 
  {Gray  falcon}  (Zo["o]l.)  the  peregrine  falcon. 
 
  {Gray  Friar}.  See  {Franciscan},  and  {Friar}. 
 
  {Gray  hen}  (Zo["o]l.),  the  female  of  the  blackcock  or  black 
  grouse.  See  {Heath  grouse}. 
 
  {Gray  mill  or  millet}  (Bot.),  a  name  of  several  plants  of  the 
  genus  {Lithospermum};  gromwell. 
 
  {Gray  mullet}  (Zo["o]l.)  any  one  of  the  numerous  species  of 
  the  genus  {Mugil},  or  family  {Mugilid[ae]},  found  both  in 
  the  Old  World  and  America;  as  the  European  species  ({M. 
  capito},  and  {M.  auratus}),  the  American  striped  mullet 
  ({M.  albula}),  and  the  white  or  silver  mullet  ({M. 
  Braziliensis}).  See  {Mullet}. 
 
  {Gray  owl}  (Zo["o]l.),  the  European  tawny  or  brown  owl 
  ({Syrnium  aluco}).  The  great  gray  owl  ({Ulula  cinerea}) 
  inhabits  arctic  America. 
 
  {Gray  parrot}  (Zo["o]l.),  a  parrot  ({Psittacus  erithacus}), 
  very  commonly  domesticated,  and  noted  for  its  aptness  in 
  learning  to  talk. 
 
  {Gray  pike}.  (Zo["o]l.)  See  {Sauger}. 
 
  {Gray  snapper}  (Zo["o]l.),  a  Florida  fish;  the  sea  lawyer. 
  See  {Snapper}. 
 
  {Gray  snipe}  (Zo["o]l.),  the  dowitcher  in  winter  plumage. 
 
  {Gray  whale}  (Zo["o]l.),  a  rather  large  and  swift  California 
  whale  ({Rhachianectes  glaucus}),  formerly  taken  in  large 
  numbers  in  the  bays;  --  called  also  {grayback}, 
  {devilfish},  and  {hardhead}. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  grayback 
  n  1:  (informal)  `johnny'  was  applied  as  a  nickname  for 
  Confederate  soldiers  by  the  Federal  soldiers  in  the 
  American  Civil  War;  `grayback'  derived  from  their  gray 
  Confederate  uniforms  [syn:  {Rebel},  {Reb},  {Johnny  Reb}, 
  {Johnny}] 
  2:  a  dowitcher  with  a  gray  back  [syn:  {Limnodromus  griseus}] 
  3:  sandpiper  that  breeds  in  the  arctic  and  winters  in  the  S 
  hemisphere  [syn:  {knot},  {Calidris  canutus}] 




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