mallard

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A male mallard
A female mallard with her ducklings

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Etymology[edit]

From Middle English malarde, mawdelare, from Old French malart, mallart (wild duck), possibly derived from the Old High German Madelhart (proper name) (whence the English forms maudelard, mawdelard); or alternatively from male, malle (male) +‎ -ard.

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mallard (plural mallards)

  1. A common and widespread dabbling duck, Anas platyrhynchos, whose male has a distinctive dark green head.


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