from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A wild duck (Anas platyrhynchos) of which the male has a green head and neck. Most domestic ducks descend from the mallard.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A common and widespread dabbling duck, Anas platyrhynchos, whose male has a distinctive dark green head.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A drake; the male of Anas boschas.
- n. A large wild duck (Anas boschas) inhabiting both America and Europe. The domestic duck has descended from this species. Called also greenhead.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The wild drake; the male of the common wild duck.
- n. Hence The common wild duck, Anas boscas, the feral stock whence the domestic duck in all its varieties has descended, and the typical representative of the family Anatidœ and subfamily Anatinœ. See duck.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. wild dabbling duck from which domestic ducks are descended; widely distributed
When I was a kid (forty years ago) I literally picked up a hen and drake mallard from a drainage ditch in then remote Western Montana.
In the hand The drake mallard is the most readily recognized duck, but the hen can be easily confused with the black duck, gadwall, and mottled duck.
Being called a mallard should be enough to embarrass any thinking human.
A mallard is a plain silly fat Amsterdam duck sitting on the canal.
So far as I am aware the mallard is the only wild duck that has been bred in sufficient numbers to slaughter for the markets.
The male of the wild dock is called a mallard; and the young ones are called flappers.
Tak a mallard and pul hym drye and swyng over the fyre draw hym but lat hym touche no water and hew hym in gobettys and do hym in a pot of clene water boyle hem wel and tak onyons and boyle and bred and pepyr and grynd togedere and draw thorw a cloth temper wyth wyn and boyle yt and serve yt forth.
Population: The mallard is the most common duck in the USA, with greatest abundance between the Appalachian and Rocky Mountains.
Thousands of little egret (Egretta garzetta) and cattle egret (Bubulcus ibis) winter; as well as duck species, such as mallard (Anas platyrhynchos) (42,800 in 1989), gadwall (A. strepera) (4,119 in 1985), northern shoveler (A. clypeata) (14,200 in 1991), and red-crested pochard (Netta rufina) (6,100 in 1991); and also up to 32,000 shorebirds such as avocet (Recurvirostra avosetta) and black-tailed godwit (Limosa limosa).
I placed my letter in a box with a pillow that had a mallard duck on the front.