• Mallard
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n mallard wild dabbling duck from which domestic ducks are descended; widely distributed
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Mallard (Zoöl) A drake; the male of Anas boschas.
    • Mallard (Zoöl) A large wild duck (Anas boschas) inhabiting both America and Europe. The domestic duck has descended from this species. Called also greenhead.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n mallard The wild drake; the male of the common wild duck.
    • n mallard Hence The common wild duck, Anas boscas, the feral stock whence the domestic duck in all its varieties has descended, and the typical representative of the family Anatidœ and subfamily Anatinœ. See duck. The mallard is from 22 to 24 inches long, by 32 to 36 in extent of wings. The male has the head and neck glossy-green, succeeded by a white ring; the breast purplish-chestnut; the lower back, rump, and tail-coverts glossy-black; the tail-feathers mostly whitish, with a curly tuft; the wing-speculum iridescent, bordered with black and white; the bill greenish-yellow; the feet orange-red; and the iris brown. The female has the wings and feet as in the male, the bill greenish-black blotched with orange, and the body-colors variegated in fine pattern with lighter and darker brownish shades. The mallard is found in nearly all parts of the world. It nests on the ground, laying usually from 8 to 10 yellowish-drab eggs measuring about 2¼ by 1⅗ inches.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Mallard mal′ard a drake: the common duck in its wild state.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. malari,fr. mâle, male + -art, = -ard,. See Male (a.), and -ard
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. malard (Fr. malart)—male, male, and suffix -ard.


In literature:

Julius W. Mallard, Frogville since Jan. 4, 1913.
"The Choctaw Freedmen" by Robert Elliott Flickinger
I wanter kno' when the mallards go south.
"The Bishop of Cottontown" by John Trotwood Moore
Mallard's was somewhere on the water front of Quebec.
"The Heart of Unaga" by Ridgwell Cullum
Just tell me how to get to Mallard's.
"But, I Don't Think" by Gordon Randall Garrett
The deep soft note of a mallard drake far above the treetops caused him to look up.
"The Root of Evil" by Thomas Dixon
The boatmen stood, a silent group, at The Big Mallard.
"The Man from the Bitter Roots" by Caroline Lockhart
I'm going to be a regular mallard, and stick to these home regions until the ice forms.
"The Prairie Child" by Arthur Stringer
These two were the only mallards in this whole wide expanse of grass and water.
"The Backwoodsmen" by Charles G. D. Roberts
This is a mallard hole.
"A Breath of Prairie and other stories" by Will Lillibridge
Oh, by the blood of King Edward, It was a wopping, wopping mallard!
"England, Picturesque and Descriptive" by Joel Cook

In poetry:

`When the empty nest in the leafless hedge
Sits sad where the sweet birds sang,
And the mallard croaks in the frozen sedge,
And the wings of the wildgeese twang;
"The Fallen Elm" by Alfred Austin
To the leaf-dyed pool whence the mallards flattered,
Or ever the horses had paused to drink;
Where the word was said and the vow was uttered
That brighten for ever its weedy brink.
"In The Land Of Dreams" by Mary Hannay Foott

In news:

Mallard Creek BBQ traffic delays.
Tiffany Latrese Mallard and Herbie Lee Solomon, Jr. And Mrs David and Pamela Moreland of Albany.
Of their daughter Tiffany Latrese Mallard of Albany.
School Mallard Creek High School.
Brilliant fall leaves are reflected on the waters of Mallard Lake at Oak Openings Preserve Metropark.
DeMarquez Mallard (4) prepares to hand the ball off to James Taylor (21) in a game earlier this season.
Mallard and Taylor accounted for seven touchdowns in the Eagles huge 72-0 victory over Central-Talbotton on Friday.
Mallards End On A High Note.
Nicklas Lindberg scored two goals as the Blaze powered to a 7-2 win over the Quad City Mallards on Sunday, November 25, 2012 at US Cellular Coliseum in Bloomington, Illinois.
Yellow ponchos dotted the Duck Pond Thursday during Pondamonium, a new music fest helmed by the Madison Mallards.
Though the venue usually hosts Mallards baseball games, it was a good fit for a rainy evening of concerts.
A mallard drake and hen sought shelter from the sun in an area pond.
The Economic Development Partnership of Alabama has given its AdvantageSite designation to Mallard Fox West Industrial Complex in Lawrence County.
Jane Heinks of New Brighton with her Lab, Tandy, and after a mallard hunt.
Last year, Mallards coach David Bell encouraged Marino to take more offensive chances, and that fast start continued all year.

In science:

The present study aims to understand how changes in parental care after hatching are related to circulating prolactin levels in mallard hens rearing ducklings.
Post-hatching parental care behaviour and hormonal status in a precocial bird
To investigate such a possible hormonal-behavioural relationship in precocial birds, the mallard duck Anas platyrhynchos is a suitable model.
Post-hatching parental care behaviour and hormonal status in a precocial bird
To check this hypothesis, we performed here the first detailed study of parental care behaviours in mallard females during the rearing of ducklings, from hatching to fledging, in relation to the hormonal status of the females over the same period.
Post-hatching parental care behaviour and hormonal status in a precocial bird
The present study was conducted in 2003 on 7 adult mallard pairs obtained from the registered breeding field station of the Canarderie de la Ronde (Cère la Ronde, France).
Post-hatching parental care behaviour and hormonal status in a precocial bird
No size corrections were applied since structural measurements do not significantly explain body reserves in hen mallards and can be misleading (Boos et al., 2000; Green, 2001).
Post-hatching parental care behaviour and hormonal status in a precocial bird