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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A North American duck (Oxyura jamaicensis) having stiff pointed tail feathers and, in the male, brownish-red upper plumage and a black-and-white head. Also called sprigtail.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Oxyura jamaicensis, a small stifftail duck. The males have a rust-coloured body.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. an American duck (Erismatura rubida) having a broad bill and a wedge-shaped tail composed of stiff, sharp feathers. The adult male is rich brownish red on the back, sides, and neck, black on the top of the head, nape, wings, and tail, and white on the cheeks. The female and young male are dull brown mixed with blackish on the back; grayish below. Called also dunbird, dundiver, ruddy diver, stifftail, spinetail, hardhead, sleepy duck, fool duck, spoonbill, etc.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. reddish-brown stiff-tailed duck of North America and northern South America

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