pl. -·lards or -·lard
the common wild duck (Anas platyrhynchos), from which the domestic duck is descended: the male has a green or bluish-black head, a thin band of white around the neck, and a rusty breast
Origin of mallardMiddle English ; from Old French malart ; from an unverified form maslart ; from masle: see male
nounpl. mallard or mal·lards
A wild duck (Anas platyrhynchos) found almost worldwide, the male of which has a green head and neck. Most domestic ducks descend from the mallard.
Origin of mallardMiddle English malarde, from Old French malart, mallard drake, possibly from male, male; see male + -art, -ard, -ard.
- A common and widespread dabbling duck, Anas platyrhynchos, whose male has a distinctive dark green head.