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Sheldrake  n.  
(Zool.) Any one of several species of large Old World ducks of the genus Tadorna and allied genera, especially the European and Asiatic species. (Tadorna cornuta syn. Tadorna tadorna), which somewhat resembles a goose in form and habit, but breeds in burrows. Note: It has the head and neck greenish black, the breast, sides, and forward part of the back brown, the shoulders and middle of belly black, the speculum green, and the bill and frontal bright red. Called also shelduck, shellduck, sheldfowl, skeelduck, bergander, burrow duck, and links goose. Note: The Australian sheldrake (Tadorna radja) has the head, neck, breast, flanks, and wing coverts white, the upper part of the back and a band on the breast deep chestnut, and the back and tail black. The chestnut sheldrake of Australia (Casarca tadornoides) is varied with black and chestnut, and has a dark green head and neck. The ruddy sheldrake, or Braminy duck (Casarca rutila), and the white-winged sheldrake (Casarca leucoptera), are related Asiatic species.
Any one of the American mergansers. Note: The name is also loosely applied to other ducks, as the canvasback, and the shoveler.

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"Sheldrake" Quotes from Famous Books

... sounded behind him. It was Deep-water Peter, holding a gun in one hand, and a dead sheldrake in the other. The red wall of the Customs ...
— The Best Short Stories of 1921 and the Yearbook of the American Short Story • Various

Words linked to "Sheldrake" :   Mergus albellus, sea duck, merganser, hooded merganser, Mergus merganser, hooded sheldrake, shelduck, American merganser, sawbill, red-breasted merganser, fish duck, duck, Mergus merganser americanus, genus Tadorna, Mergus serrator, goosander, genus Mergus

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