sea duck


  • WordNet 3.6
    • n sea duck any of various large diving ducks found along the seacoast: eider; scoter; merganser
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Sea duck (Zoöl) Any one of numerous species of ducks which frequent the seacoasts and feed mainly on fishes and mollusks. The scoters, eiders, old squaw, and ruddy duck are examples. They may be distinguished by the lobate hind toe.
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In literature:

The sooner she is ducked in the sea, and proved to be an ordinary mortal who has lost her senses, the better.
"Won from the Waves" by W.H.G. Kingston
Dick took to the sea like a duck to water.
"Chatterbox, 1906" by Various
A large supply of sea-lions, bears, geese, and ducks was soon obtained.
"Captain Cook" by W.H.G. Kingston
The sea was as smooth as a duck-pond all day.
"The Incomparable 29th and the "River Clyde"" by George Davidson
A large species of duck, inhabiting the coasts of the northern seas.
"The Sailor's Word-Book" by William Henry Smyth
We had a lovely voyage for three-quarters of the way, and the sea was as calm as any duck-pond.
"Uncanny Tales" by Various
A high sky, with a few sailing clouds; and in it, rather than on the sea, some boats, like toy ducks, on the offing, motionless.
"The Spirit of Rome" by Vernon Lee
"Punch or the London Charivari, Vol. 147, July 8, 1914" by Various
The birds are among the strongest of the sea ducks and get their food in very deep water.
"The Bird Book" by Chester A. Reed
In truth, Martin was to the life born, and he took to the sea like a duck to water.
"Fire Mountain" by Norman Springer

In poetry:

The leeks
newly washed white,-
how cold it is! The sea darkens;
the voices of the wild ducks
are faintly white.
"Collection of Six Haiku" by Matsuo Basho
Then she began to duck in the trough of the sea,
Which was fearful to behold;
And her crossyards dipped in the big billows
As from side to side she rolled.
"The Wreck of the 'Thomas Dryden' in Pentland Firth" by William Topaz McGonagall
IT'S my grief that I am not a little white duck,
And I'd swim over the sea to France or to Spain;
I would not stay in Ireland for one week only,
To be without eating, without drinking, without a full jug.
"An Craoibhin Complains Because He Is A Poet" by Lady Augusta Gregory

In news:

Paul pushes the boat out with this crispy sea bass with confit duck on Come Dine With Me Walsall.
On its way to deliver emergency fuel to Nome, Alaska, the Russian tanker Renda will move through an area used by wintering spectacled eiders, a federally threatened sea duck.
Owner Stéphane Lang-Willar and chef John Belleme (Umi Fishbar & Grill) have created a "value-oriented" menu featuring East & West coast oysters, duck a l'orange and Mediterranean sea bass.
Invasion of Rubber Ducks to Hit British Soil After 15 Years at Sea .
Sea ducks called Surf Scoters and Black Scoters.
Scrooge McDuck, the miserly Scottish business tycoon in Disney's "Duck universe", regularly appeared in the late-1980s Saturday morning cartoon "Duck Tales" taking leisurely swims through the sea of gold he kept in a private vault.
View full size Jerry Talkington, Special to The PD Rafts of diving sea ducks, such as this surf scoter, are being seen at Fairport Harbor and throughout Lake Erie.
The 15 species of waterfowl known as sea ducks constitute 42 percent of all duck species breeding in North America.
And yet sea ducks are the least understood of all waterfowl.