Mallard definition

mălərd
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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.
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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.
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A common and widespread dabbling duck, Anas platyrhynchos, whose male has a distinctive dark green head.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
mallard
Plural:
mallards

Origin of mallard

  • Middle English malarde from Old French malart mallard drake possibly from male male male -art, -ard -ard

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

  • From Middle English malarde, Old French malart, mallart (“wild duck"), possibly derived from male, malle (“male") +"Ž -ard.

    From Wiktionary