• WordNet 3.6
    • n sheldrake Old World gooselike duck slightly larger than a mallard with variegated mostly black-and-white plumage and a red bill
    • n sheldrake large crested fish-eating diving duck having a slender hooked bill with serrated edges
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Sheldrake (Zoöl) Any one of several species of large Old World ducks of the genus Tadorna and allied genera, especially the European and Asiatic species. (Tadorna cornuta syn. Tadorna tadorna), which somewhat resembles a goose in form and habit, but breeds in burrows.
    • Sheldrake Any one of the American mergansers.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n sheldrake A duck of either of the genera Tadorna and Casarca. The common sheldrake is T. vulpanser, or T. cornuta, the so-called links goose, sly goose, skeelgoose or skeelduck, burrow- or barrow-duck, bergander, etc., of Great Britain and other parts of Europe, Asia. and Africa. This is a duck, though with somewhat the figure and carriage of a goose, and belongs to the Anatinæ (having the hallux unlobed), but is maritime, and notable for nesting in underground burrows. It is about as large as the mallard, and has a similar glossy greenish-black head and neck; the plumage is otherwise varied with black, white, and chestnut in bold pattern; the bill is carmine, with a frontal knob, and the legs are flesh-colored. This bird is half-tamed in some places, like the eider-duck, and laid under contribution for its eggs. The ruddy sheldrake or Brahminy duck is T. casarca, or Casarcarutila, wide-ranging: like the foregoing. Each of these sheldrakes is represented in Australian, Papuan, and Polynesian regions by such forms as Tadorna radjah. Casarca tador-noides, and C. variegata. No sheldrakes properly so called are American.
    • n sheldrake The shoveler-duck, Spatula clypeata, whose variegated plumage somewhat resembles that of the sheldrake.
    • n sheldrake A merganser or goosander; especially, the red-breasted merganser, also called shelduck.
    • n sheldrake The canvasback duck.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Sheldrake shel′drāk a genus of birds of the Duck family Anatidæ, having the hind-toe free
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Sheld, + drake,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. scyld, a shield, and drake.


In literature:

And the sheldrake eats a dozen fish to his one.
"Secret of the Woods" by William J. Long
Hunger, expression by sheldrakes of.
"More Letters of Charles Darwin Volume II" by Charles Darwin
Charley shot the sheldrake of Port Essington, (Tadorna Rajah).
"Journal of an Overland Expedition in Australia" by Ludwig Leichhardt
We saw a few wood-ducks, sheldrakes, and black ducks, but they were not so numerous there at that season as on our river at home.
"Atlantic Monthly, Volume 2, Issue 10, August, 1858" by Various
The mergansers have narrow, hooked, saw-toothed beaks quite unlike those of the sheldrakes, and their habits are entirely dissimilar.
"Camps and Trails in China" by Roy Chapman Andrews and Yvette Borup Andrews
There were several species of land birds; and the aquatic fowl were ducks, teal, and the sheldrake.
"A Voyage to Terra Australis" by Matthew Flinders
The sea-fowl are ducks, teal, and the sheldrake.
"A General History and Collection of Voyages and Travels, Volume 14" by Robert Kerr
O sheldrake bride, bid your mate farewell.
"Translations of Shakuntala and Other Works" by Kåalidåasa
It was Deep-water Peter, holding a gun in one hand, and a dead sheldrake in the other.
"The Best Short Stories of 1921 and the Yearbook of the American Short Story" by Various
The noise of the scuffle brought to the place Sheldrake and others of the crew.
"A Dream of Empire" by William Henry Venable

In poetry:

Lo, the black swan, paddling slowly,
Pintail ducks, and sheldrakes holy,
Nile-goose flaked, and herons gray,
Silver-voiced at fall of day!
"Lita of the Nile" by Richard Doddridge Blackmore

In news:

Sheldrake Point named best winery.
Sheldrake Point Vineyard has been named New York's best winery in the annual Governor's Cup competition.
The manager of a Valero gas station in Loch Sheldrake, N.Y. Was indicted this week for allegedly plotting to blow up a rival Mobil station, the Times Herald-Record in New York reported.