from The Century Dictionary.
- noun A duck of either of the genera Tadorna and Casarca.
- noun The shoveler-duck, Spatula clypeata, whose variegated plumage somewhat resembles that of the sheldrake.
- noun A merganser or goosander; especially, the red-breasted merganser, also called
- noun The canvasback duck.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.
- noun (Zoöl.) Any one of several species of large Old World ducks of the genus Tadorna and allied genera, especially the European and Asiatic species. (
Tadorna cornutasyn. Tadorna tadorna), which somewhat resembles a goose in form and habit, but breeds in burrows.
- noun Any one of the American mergansers.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.
- noun An Old World
duckof the genus Tadorna.
- noun A
- noun A
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- noun large crested fish-eating diving duck having a slender hooked bill with serrated edges
- noun Old World gooselike duck slightly larger than a mallard with variegated mostly black-and-white plumage and a red bill
from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
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A subspecies of the critically endangered crested shelduck, called Kuroda's sheldrake Tadorna cristata kuroda, once occurred along the southern coast of Korea.
Or that I can dive down at one side of a Highland loch and come up at the other like a sheldrake?
The sheldrake ducks also have a fleshy growth on the bill.
It was Deep-water Peter, holding a gun in one hand, and a dead sheldrake in the other.
Sometimes, when fishing alongshore with my Indian at the paddle, the canoe would push its nose silently around a point, and I would see the heron's heavy slanting flight already halfway up to the tree-tops, long before our coming had been suspected by the watchful little mother sheldrake, or even by the deer feeding close at hand among the lily pads.
In a lonesome inlet, a sheldrake, lost from the flock, sitting on the water, rocking silently;
Then her soul took the form of a sheldrake and its mate – those loving birds which, like the turtle-dove, are always constant, – and floating on the liquid pools, they mourned all day long the sad fate of the Princess Pepperina.
-- The _chakwâ_, male, and _chakwî_, female, is the ruddy goose or sheldrake, known to Europeans as the Brâhmanî duck, _Anas casarca_ or _Casarca rutila_.
Then her soul took the form of a sheldrake and its mate, -- those loving birds which, like the turtle-dove, are always constant, -- and floating on the liquid pools, they mourned all day long the sad fate of the Princess Pepperina.
Midsummer Day I saw a sheldrake (probably an escaped bird) flying down the river, looking very splendid in its black, white, and red plumage, in the bright light of the morning.