pochard

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n pochard heavy-bodied Old World diving duck having a grey-and-black body and reddish head
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Pochard (Zoöl) See Poachard.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n pochard A duck, Fuligula or Æthyia ferina, belonging to the family Anatidæ and subfamily Fuligulinæ more fully called the red-headed or red-eyed pochard, also dunbird. This duck is very common in Europe and many other parts of the Old World, and a variety or very closely related species, F. or Æ. americana, is equally so in North America, and known as the redhead. In the male the head is putty, and with the neck is rich chestnut-red with coppery or bronzy reflections. The lower neck, foreparts of the body above and below, and rump and tail-coverts are black. The back is white, finely vermiculated with wavy or zigzag black lines. The bill is dull-blue with a black belt at the end, and the feet are grayish-blue with dusky webs. The eyes are orange. The female has the head dull-brown. The length is from 20 to 23 inches, the extent of wings about 33 inches. The pochard is a near relative of the canvasback. The name is extended to some or all of the species of Fuligula in a broad sense : as, the white-eyed pochard. See cuts under Nyroca, redhead, and scaup.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Pochard pō′chard a genus of diving ducks which are marine during the greater part of the year.
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Poacher, the widgeon.

Usage

In literature:

We shot a pochard on Tuesday and a plover yesterday.
"Letters from Mesopotamia" by Robert Palmer
The mallard, gadwall, widgeon, pintail, the various species of pochard and the common teal are rapidly disappearing.
"A Bird Calendar for Northern India" by Douglas Dewar
M. in the boat got within range of some confiding pochard, and we on shore got a few by flukes.
"From Edinburgh to India & Burmah" by William G. Burn Murdoch
These were the "red-heads" or "pochards.
"The Young Voyageurs" by Mayne Reid
These were the pochards, or, as they are termed by the gunners of the Chesapeake, `red-heads.
"The Hunters' Feast" by Mayne Reid
These were the "red-heads" or "pochards.
"Popular Adventure Tales" by Mayne Reid
Pochard saw you eating it half an hour ago as he passed.
"The Real Latin Quarter" by F. Berkeley Smith
The stranger, a Monsieur Jules Pochard, proved a most useful friend.
"The Day of Wrath" by Louis Tracy
Another of the wild ducks which visited us was the pochard or dunbird.
"The Confessions of a Poacher" by Anonymous
They are variously known in different places by the name of Pochards, Pokers, Dunbirds, and Red-eyed Pochards.
"British Birds in their Haunts" by Rev. C. A. Johns
These were chiefly Mallards, with Pintails and Pochards (both species), a few Teal, Garganey, and probably other species.
"Wild Spain (España agreste)" by Abel Chapman
In the autumn the lakes in this neighbourhood are the resort of large packs of wigeon, gadwall and pochard.
"Mount Everest the Reconnaissance, 1921" by Charles Kenneth Howard-Bury
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