American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Any of several small, short-necked freshwater ducks, especially of the genus Anas, that feed on the surface of the water and often have brightly marked plumage.
- n. A moderate or dark bluish green to greenish blue.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A small fresh-water duck, of the subfamily Anatinæ and genus Querquedula (or Nettion). There are numerous species, in all parts of the world. The best-known are 2 in Europe and 3 in the United States. The common teal of Europe is Q. crecca, very similar to the green-winged American teal, Q. carolinensis, but lacking a white crescentic mark on the side of the breast in front of the wing which is conspicuous in the other. The summer teal of Europe is Q. circia, the garganey.
- n. The blue-winged teal.
- n. The act of cajoling or wheedling.
- n. A Welsh dry measure, equal to five Winchester bushels (nearly). A long teal in Pembrokeshire is about eight bushels.
- n. Any of various small freshwater ducks of the genus Anas that are brightly coloured and have short necks.
- n. colour A dark, somewhat bluish-green colour; a dark cyan.
- adj. colour having a bluish-green colour
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Zoöl.) Any one of several species of small fresh-water ducks of the genus Anas and the subgenera Querquedula and Nettion. The male is handsomely colored, and has a bright green or blue speculum on the wings.
- n. a blue-green color or pigment
- n. any of various small short-necked dabbling river ducks of Europe and America
- adj. of a bluish shade of green
- Probably from an unrecorded Old English word cognate with Middle Dutch teling ("teal") Middle Low German telink, from West Germanic *taili. As the name of a shade of dark greenish-blue like the color patterns on the fowl's head and wings, it is attested from 1923. (Wiktionary)
- Middle English tele. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“The word teal sounded just as odd, as foreign, as yoga.”
“The only way in the world to serve a canvas-back or a mallard, or a sprig, or even the toothsome teal, is as follows: The plucked bird should be stuffed with a tight handful of plain raw celery and, in a piping oven, roasted variously 8,9,10, or even 11 minutes, according to the size of bird and heat of oven.”
“They quickly proposed a Chadian husband for me, and showed me the Chadian version of the women's day wear -- it comes in teal there -- sweet!”
“In his 1,208th career game, Lemieux got his first penalty minutes in teal with his first scrap in about eight years, by his own count.”
“The mostly black cards are lovely, the touch of teal is beautiful.”
“That's already been done in teal by teammate Evgeni Nabokov - and Toskala also found the net before.”
“Selanne, a San Jose favorite during his 2 1/2 seasons in teal, scored his 82nd point in 54 career games against the Sharks with his fast-break goal.”
“Feel free, then, to make this David in teal vs. Goliath in pinstripes.”
“PHOENIX (Ticker) -- The San Jose Sharks proved that teal is more powerful than white.”
“The teal is the smallest of the British ducks, and one of the prettiest.”
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birds with singular names from
at least 9 English dictionaries
This list aims to contain words whose primary definition describes the color itself, unlike gold, silver, rust, turquoise, etc. Of course red can mean communist, blue can mean sad, yellow can mean ...
Uncommon color names, mostly nouns.
Birds endemic to the United States and/or North America.
words that evoke magic, mystery, mayhem, magnificence or anything else that glimmers in the grass
Words that have been used as baby names, including virtue names, nature names, place names, etc.
The title is an actual name given to a Puritan boy in the 17th century.
These chromonyms are defined as colors in at least one dictionary (mostly MW3). (Actually there's one fake, for reasons I'll explain someday.) They are all one-word nouns such as "kelly", which can...
Hopefully, I'll be using this site for more than one year. It will be fun then to look back and see what new words I found worthy of notice in any given year.
All words spotted in 2008...
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