smew

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n smew smallest merganser and most expert diver; found in northern Eurasia
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Smew (Zoöl) small European merganser (Mergus albellus) which has a white crest; -- called also smee smee duck white merganser, and white nun.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n smew A small merganser or fishing-duck, Mergellus albellus, the white nun, or smee, of the family Anatidæ and subfamily Merginæ, inhabiting northerly parts of the eastern hemisphere. The male in adult plumage is a very beautiful bird, of a pure white, varied with black and gray, and tinged with green on the crested head; the length is about 17 inches. The female is smaller, with reddish-brown and gray plumage, and is called the red-headed smew. Also smeath.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Smew smū a bird of the family Anatidæ, in the same genus as the goosander and mergansers.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Perhaps for ice-mew,

Usage

In literature:

MERGUS (Smew, Merganser, Goosander).
"British Birds in their Haunts" by Rev. C. A. Johns
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