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a small, North American duck (Oxyura jamaicensis), the breeding male of which has a brownish-red neck and upper body, black crown, white cheeks, and blue bill
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nounThe American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th edition Copyright © 2010 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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.