duck


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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.
References in classic literature ?
However, the duck, who slept in the open air in the yard, heard them coming, and jumping into the brook which ran close by the inn, soon swam out of their reach.
We tried a mouthful of the duck, but it was like eating India-rubber.
that is always a very dangerous thing to do," said the Duck.
I daresay David would have had to laugh in the end, had there not been a half-gnawed sausage in one of the pockets, and the sight of it reminded him so cruelly of the poor dog's fate that he howled, and Joey's heart was touched at last, and he also wept, but he wiped his eyes with the duck.
My dear fellow, if you are Dave Duck I ought to inform you that I buried you two months ago.
And I, the long time intimate of John Barleycorn, knew just what he promised me--maggots of fancy, dreams of power, forgetfulness, anything and everything save whirling washers, revolving mangles, humming centrifugal wringers, and fancy starch and interminable processions of duck trousers moving in steam under my flying iron.
In regard to ducks and rabbits, the breeds of which differ considerably from each other in structure, I do not doubt that they all have descended from the common wild duck and rabbit.
Occasionally, after my hoeing was done for the day, I joined some impatient companion who had been fishing on the pond since morning, as silent and motionless as a duck or a floating leaf, and, after practising various kinds of philosophy, had concluded commonly, by the time I arrived, that he belonged to the ancient sect of Coenobites.
of robbing an orchard, of stealing a duck out of a farmer's yard, and of picking Master Blifil's pocket of a ball.
Tom and East had during the period of their outlawry visited the farm in question for felonious purposes, and on one occasion had conquered and slain a duck there, and borne away the carcass triumphantly, hidden in their handkerchiefs.
At ten o'clock Levin, weary, hungry, and happy after a tramp of twenty miles, returned to his night's lodging with nineteen head of fine game and one duck, which he tied to his belt, as it would not go into the game bag.
Or, my dear, you might propose to the person of the house a duck.