• Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Duck's-foot (Bot) The May apple (Podophyllum peltatum).
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Duck's-foot the lady's mantle
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. duce, a duck, from, dĂșcan, to duck, dive.


In literature:

My hands are as short and broad as a duck's foot, and my forehead is so low, and I haven't any nose.
"The Story of an African Farm" by (AKA Ralph Iron) Olive Schreiner
Ormsbee of Connecticut made a model, in 1792, on the plan of a duck's foot.
"The Paths of Inland Commerce" by Archer B. Hulbert
How were the guinea-pigs, the ducks, the vegetables, the caged fox, the "boys" generally, Roosy's ear, Consuelo Vorse's lame foot?
"Poor, Dear Margaret Kirby and Other Stories" by Kathleen Norris
If the troops do not all come out web-footed, it is because water can't make a duck's leg.
"Personal Memoirs Of A Residence Of Thirty Years With The Indian Tribes On The American Frontiers" by Henry Rowe Schoolcraft
I drew a hen's beak and then a duck's, a hen's foot and then a duck's, to show them the difference.
"Polly Oliver's Problem" by Kate Douglas Smith Wiggin
He says Mary's a gawk, Sophia is as yellow as a duck's foot, and Lenore is only half-witted.
"The Beth Book" by Sarah Grand
Ormsbee used an "atmospheric engine" and "duck's-foot" paddles.
"A History of the Growth of the Steam-Engine" by Robert H. Thurston

In news:

50-foot rubber duck tours London's River Thames A giant rubber duck sails under London's Tower Bridge and up the River Thames from Canary Wharf as a PR stunt's Dara Brown reports.