eider duck

eider duck
noun
duck of the northern hemisphere much valued for the fine soft down of the females
Syn: ↑eider
Hypernyms: ↑sea duck
Member Holonyms: ↑Somateria, ↑genus Somateria
Part Meronyms: ↑eiderdown

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noun
see eider 1

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any of several large sea ducks of the genus Soamateria and allied genera of the Northern Hemisphere, the females of which yield eiderdown.
[1850-55]

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eider duck,
any one of several large, northern sea ducks with very soft feathers on their breasts. The males are black with white heads and backs. The females line their nests with eider down plucked from their breasts.

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eider duck [eider duck eider ducks] [ˈaɪdə dʌk] [ˈaɪdər dʌk] noun
a large ↑duck with soft feathers, that lives in northern countries

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