Velvet duck


  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Velvet duck (Zoöl) A large European sea duck, or scoter (Oidemia fusca). The adult male is glossy, velvety black, with a white speculum on each wing, and a white patch behind each eye.
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In literature:

Down by the pond, where the velvet bulrushes glistened with silvery dew, ducks were quacking.
"The Undying Past" by Hermann Sudermann
The habits and food of the Velvet Duck differ in no material respect from those of the Common Scoter, or Black Duck.
"British Birds in their Haunts" by Rev. C. A. Johns
Life on the water slowly sailing round, or in and out among the reeds, in the form of bonnie velvet ducks and pretty spangled teal.
"From Squire to Squatter" by Gordon Stables
We saw large flocks of Velvet Ducks feeding close to the shores; these did not appear to be in pairs.
"Audubon and his Journals, Volume I (of 2)" by Maria R. Audubon