Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Resembling a duck; duck-like; specifically, of or pertaining to the Anatinæ or to the Anatidæ.
- adj. zoology Being of the family Anatidae, comprising the swans, geese, and ducks.
- adj. Pertaining to or resembling a duck; ducklike.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. (Zoöl.) Of or pertaining to the ducks; ducklike.
- From Latin anatīnus, from anas, anatis ("a duck") + -inus ("-ine"). (Wiktionary)
“Sometimes called bay ducks, pochards – the tribe Aythyini – are one of four clades that together make up Anatinae, the true duck group (the other anatine clades are Malacorhynchini [pink-eared ducks], Anatini [surface-feeding ducks] and Mergini [seaducks]).”
“In Livezey's (1996) review of the tadornine-anatine divergence, 12 of the 13 studies he cited regarded Malacorhynchus as an anatine: the only one that supported its inclusion within Tadorninae was Livezey (1986)!”
“For the record, in his later studies he concluded that Malacorhynchus is an anatine after all.”
“They do exhibit the anatine type of sternal keel though.”
“We stayed in Friday night and Saturday morning (of course), spent Saturday afternoon wandering around Skipton and laughing at the ducks who were lined up along the canalside like a anatine version of The Usual Suspects.”
“W cygnine swan W anatine duck 1862-1893 dacelonine kingfisher W OOsW didine dodo 1885 OW avine bird 1881 OW falconine falcon OW buteonine buzzard fringilline finch 1874 -”
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