Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In the United States, the bufflehead, Clangula (Bucephala) albeola: so called from its expertness in diving and its sudden appearances and disappearances. See Clangula, and cut under buffle, 2.
- n. Any duck that dives at the flash of a gun or twang of a bow-string; a conjuring duck. Compare hell-diver.
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