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duck

(dŭk)
n.
1. Any of various wild or domesticated waterbirds of the family Anatidae, characteristically having a broad flat bill, short legs, and webbed feet.
2. A female duck.
3. The flesh of a duck used as food.

duck

a member of the family Anatidae which includes many genera of ducks, geese and swans. See anas platyrhynchos, aylesbury, rouen, indian runner, khaki campbell, pekin, muscovy.

duck bush, duck plant
Gomphocarpus physocarpus. See also asclepias.
duck hepatitis
a highly infectious and fatal disease of young ducklings caused by an enterovirus, and characterized by hepatitis of sufficient severity to kill the birds within a few hours of signs of illness first being observed.
duck louse
Anaticola crassicornis (slender duck louse), Trinoton querquedulae (large duck louse).
new duck disease
see Riemerellaanatipestifer.
duck plague
see duck plague.
duck septicemia
see Riemerellaanatipestifer.
duck sickness
type C botulism.
duck virus enteritis
see duck plague.
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I've been blessed with the opportunity to take my nephews hunting, and was there for my late brother's sons first duck, a mallard drake.
Wildlife artist Maynard Reese won the competition with his depiction of Buck with a mallard drake in his mouth.
Bill, always quicker than I, stood and shot, dropping a mallard drake, which hit the roof of the blind, bounced through the camo and cartwheeled to the floor with a thud, barely missing Bill's yellow Lab, Jake.
One of the more memorable hunts from the 2009-2010 season was over a single, standard mallard drake decoy.
Speaking of ducks, 12-year-old Marshall Balderston of Eugene bagged his first mallard drake earlier this month on a hunt guided by Jim Hulbert, national president of Ducks Unlimited.
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Then a big mallard drake came out of the sunrise and cruised by, flying slow and straight.