A small Eurasian merganser (Mergus albellus), the male of which has a white crest.
Webster's New World
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Origin of Smew
Perhaps akin to earlier and dialectal English smee any of various duck species German dialectal schmei-, schmü- (in Schmeiente, Schmünte widgeon) (schmei-, schmü-) (German Ente duck) and to Dutch smient
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
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