Smew meaning

smyo͝o
A small Eurasian diving duck (Mergellus albellus), the male of which has white and black plumage and a white crest.
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A small Eurasian merganser (Mergus albellus), the male of which has a white crest.
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A small compact diving duck, Mergus albellus, that breeds in the northern taiga of Europe and Asia and winters on sheltered coasts or inland lakes.
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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