from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A kind of eider-duck, Somatcria spectabilis, of the subfamily Fuligulinæ and family Anatidæ common on the northerly coasts of Europe and America
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Along with the swimmers enumerated above, we find everywhere along these shores two species of eider, the _vanliga eidern_, common eider (_Somateria mollissima_, L.) and _praktejdern_, king-duck
The king-duck occurs more sparingly than the common eider.
"Another species common to the higher latitudes of both Continents is the ` king-duck, 'so called from its very showy appearance.