Definition of shelduck noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˈʃeldʌk//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈʃeldʌk//
(pl. shelduck, shelducks)
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a type of wild duck that lives on or near the coast Word Origin Middle English (as sheldrake): probably from dialect sheld ‘pied’ (related to Middle Dutch schillede ‘variegated’) + the noun duck. The form shelduck dates from the early 18th century.