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 for Whistle duck
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Whistle \Whis"tle\, n. [AS. hwistle a pipe, flute, whistle. See
     Whistle, v. i.]
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     1. A sharp, shrill, more or less musical sound, made by
        forcing the breath through a small orifice of the lips, or
        through or instrument which gives a similar sound; the
        sound used by a sportsman in calling his dogs; the shrill
        note of a bird; as, the sharp whistle of a boy, or of a
        boatswain's pipe; the blackbird's mellow whistle.
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              Might we but hear
              The folded flocks, penned in their wattled cotes, .
              . .
              Or whistle from the lodge.            --Milton.
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              The countryman could not forbear smiling, . . . and
              by that means lost his whistle.       --Spectator.
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              They fear his whistle, and forsake the seas.
                                                    --Dryden.
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     2. The shrill sound made by wind passing among trees or
        through crevices, or that made by bullet, or the like,
        passing rapidly through the air; the shrill noise (much
        used as a signal, etc.) made by steam or gas escaping
        through a small orifice, or impinging against the edge of
        a metallic bell or cup.
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     3. An instrument in which gas or steam forced into a cavity,
        or against a thin edge, produces a sound more or less like
        that made by one who whistles through the compressed lips;
        as, a child's whistle; a boatswain's whistle; a steam
        whistle (see Steam whistle, under Steam).
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              The bells she jingled, and the whistle blew. --Pope.
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     4. The mouth and throat; -- so called as being the organs of
        whistling. [Colloq.]
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              So was her jolly whistle well ywet.   --Chaucer.
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              Let's drink the other cup to wet our whistles.
                                                    --Walton.
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     Whistle duck (Zool.), the American golden-eye.
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