Eider meaning

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Any of several large sea ducks (esp. genus Somateria) that live in northern regions of Europe, Asia, and North America.
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Any of the species of the genera Polysticta or Somateria, in the seaduck subfamily Merginae, which line their nests with fine down (taken from their own bodies).
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A river in Germany, the boundary between Schleswig and Holstein.
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Any of several large sea ducks, especially of the genus Somateria of northern regions, having soft, commercially valuable down and predominantly black and white plumage in the male.
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Origin of eider

  • Back-formation from eiderdown

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Icelandic æðar, genitive of æðr, probably reaching English via Swedish eider (now ejder), from a North Germanic root.

    From Wiktionary