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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Widgeon \Widg"eon\, n. [Probably from an old French form of F.
   vigeon, vingeon, gingeon; of uncertain origin; cf. L. vipio,
   -onis, a kind of small crane.] (Zool.)
   Any one of several species of fresh-water ducks, especially
   those belonging to the subgenus Mareca, of the genus
   Anas. The common European widgeon (Anas penelope) and the
   American widgeon (Anas Americana) are the most important
   species. The latter is called also baldhead, baldpate,
   baldface, baldcrown, smoking duck, wheat, duck, and
   whitebelly.
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   Bald-faced widgeon, or Green-headed widgeon, the American
      widgeon.

   Black widgeon, the European tufted duck.

   Gray widgeon.
   (a) The gadwall.
   (b) The pintail duck.

   Great headed widgeon, the poachard.

   Pied widgeon.
   (a) The poachard.
   (b) The goosander.

   Saw-billed widgeon, the merganser.

   Sea widgeon. See in the Vocabulary.

   Spear widgeon, the goosander. [Prov. Eng.]

   Spoonbilled widgeon, the shoveler.

   White widgeon, the smew.

   Wood widgeon, the wood duck.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Duck \Duck\ (d[u^]k), v. i.
   1. To go under the surface of water and immediately reappear;
      to dive; to plunge the head in water or other liquid; to
      dip.
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            In Tiber ducking thrice by break of day. --Dryden.
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   2. To drop the head or person suddenly; to bow.
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            The learned pate
            Ducks to the golden fool.             --Shak.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Duck \Duck\ (d[u^]k), n. [Cf. Dan. dukke, Sw. docka, OHG.
   doccha, G. docke. Cf. Doxy.]
   A pet; a darling. --Shak.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Duck \Duck\, n. [D. doek cloth, canvas, or Icel. d[=u]kr cloth;
   akin to OHG. tuoh, G. tuch, Sw. duk, Dan. dug.]
   1. A linen (or sometimes cotton) fabric, finer and lighter
      than canvas, -- used for the lighter sails of vessels, the
      sacking of beds, and sometimes for men's clothing.
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   2. (Naut.) pl. The light clothes worn by sailors in hot
      climates. [Colloq.]
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Duck \Duck\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Ducked; p. pr. & vb. n.
   Ducking.] [OE. duken, douken, to dive; akin to D. duiken,
   OHG. t?hhan, MHG. tucken, t["u]cken, t?chen, G. tuchen. Cf.
   5th Duck.]
   1. To thrust or plunge under water or other liquid and
      suddenly withdraw.
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            Adams, after ducking the squire twice or thrice,
            leaped out of the tub.                --Fielding.
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   2. To plunge the head of under water, immediately withdrawing
      it; as, duck the boy.
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   3. To bow; to bob down; to move quickly with a downward
      motion. " Will duck his head aside." --Swift.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Duck \Duck\, n. [OE. duke, doke. See Duck, v. t. ]
   1. (Zool.) Any bird of the subfamily Anatin[ae], family
      Anatid[ae].
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   Note: The genera and species are numerous. They are divided
         into river ducks and sea ducks. Among the former
         are the common domestic duck (Anas boschas); the wood
         duck (Aix sponsa); the beautiful mandarin duck of
         China (Dendronessa galeriliculata); the Muscovy duck,
         originally of South America (Cairina moschata). Among
         the sea ducks are the eider, canvasback, scoter, etc.
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   2. A sudden inclination of the bead or dropping of the
      person, resembling the motion of a duck in water.
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            Here be, without duck or nod,
            Other trippings to be trod.           --Milton.
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   Bombay duck (Zool.), a fish. See Bummalo.

   Buffel duck, Spirit duck. See Buffel duck.

   Duck ant (Zool.), a species of white ant in Jamaica which
      builds large nests in trees.

   Duck barnacle. (Zool.) See Goose barnacle.

   Duck hawk. (Zool.)
      (a) In the United States: The peregrine falcon.
      (b) In England: The marsh harrier or moor buzzard.

   Duck mole (Zool.), a small aquatic mammal of Australia,
      having webbed feet and a bill resembling that of a duck
      (Ornithorhynchus anatinus). It belongs the subclass
      Monotremata and is remarkable for laying eggs like a bird
      or reptile; -- called also duckbill, platypus,
      mallangong, mullingong, tambreet, and water mole.
      

   To make ducks and drakes, to throw a flat stone obliquely,
      so as to make it rebound repeatedly from the surface of
      the water, raising a succession of jets; hence:

   To play at ducks and drakes, with property, to throw it
      away heedlessly or squander it foolishly and unprofitably.
      

   Lame duck. See under Lame.
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