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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">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
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     Bald-faced widgeon, or Green-headed widgeon, the American
     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
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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
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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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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      n 1: small wild or domesticated web-footed broad-billed swimming
           bird usually having a depressed body and short legs
      2: (cricket) a score of nothing by a batsman [syn: duck,
         duck's egg]
      3: flesh of a duck (domestic or wild)
      4: a heavy cotton fabric of plain weave; used for clothing and
      v 1: to move (the head or body) quickly downwards or away;
           "Before he could duck, another stone struck him"
      2: submerge or plunge suddenly
      3: dip into a liquid; "He dipped into the pool" [syn: dip,
         douse, duck]
      4: avoid or try to avoid fulfilling, answering, or performing
         (duties, questions, or issues); "He dodged the issue"; "she
         skirted the problem"; "They tend to evade their
         responsibilities"; "he evaded the questions skillfully" [syn:
         hedge, fudge, evade, put off, circumvent, parry,
         elude, skirt, dodge, duck, sidestep]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  332 Moby Thesaurus words for "duck":
     Adamite, Bantam, Cornish hen, about the bush, also-ran, angel,
     avert, avoid, avoidance, avoiding reaction, babe, baby, baby-doll,
     back and fill, banty, baptism, baptize, barn-door fowl,
     barnyard fowl, bastard, beat around, beg the question, being, bend,
     bend the knee, biddy, bilk, bird, blench, blink, bob, body, booby,
     bow, broiler, brooder, broody hen, bugger, burial, bury, buttercup,
     caille, canard, caneton, capon, case, cat, chanticleer, chap,
     chapon, character, cherub, chick, chickabiddy, chicken, chicky,
     circumvention, cock, cockerel, creature, cringe, crouch, curtsy,
     customer, darling, dear, deary, defeatee, defense mechanism,
     deluge, dindon, dip, dipping, dive, dodge, dog it, doll,
     domestic fowl, double, douse, dousing, drake, draw back, draw in,
     drown, duck duty, ducking, duckling, dunghill fowl, dunk, dunking,
     earthling, elude, elusion, elusiveness, engulf, engulfment,
     equivocate, equivocation, escape, eschew, evade, evasion,
     evasive action, evasiveness, fade, faisan, fall back, fall guy,
     fallback, feller, fellow, fence, flinch, float, flood, flow on,
     forbearance, forestalling, forestallment, fowl, fryer, game fowl,
     game loser, gander, genuflect, genuflection, get out of,
     getting around, gobbler, goldbrick, good loser, good sport,
     goof off, goose, gosling, groundling, grouse, guinea cock,
     guinea fowl, guinea hen, guy, hand, hang back, head, hedge,
     hem and haw, hen, hen turkey, homo, hon, honey, honey bunch,
     honey child, hum and haw, human, human being, immerge, immergence,
     immerse, immersion, individual, inundate, inundation, jasper, jib,
     jink, joker, kneel, kneeling, kowtow, lad, lamb, lambkin, life,
     living soul, loser, love, lover, make a reverence, malinger, man,
     merge, mince the truth, mince words, mortal, neutrality, nod,
     nonintervention, noninvolvement, nose, not pull fair, obeisance,
     oddball, oddity, oie, one, original, overwhelm, palter, parry,
     partlet, partridge, party, person, personage, personality, pet,
     petkins, pheasant, pigeon, pigeonneau, plunge, plunge in water,
     poulard, poulet, poult, poultry, pour on, precious, precious heart,
     prevaricate, prevent, prevention, prostration, pull away,
     pull back, pull in, pull out, pullback, pullet, pullout, pussyfoot,
     put off, quail, quiz, rain, recoil, reel back, refraining, retract,
     retreat, reverence, roaster, rooster, salaam, setting hen,
     sheer off, shift, shift off, shirk, shrink, shrink back, shun,
     shunning, shunting off, shy, shy away, shy off, sidestep,
     sidestepping, sidetracking, single, sink, sinking, skulk, slack,
     slide out of, slip, slip out of, sluice, sneak out of, snookums,
     soldier, somebody, someone, soul, souse, sousing, spook, sport,
     spring chicken, squab, squat, start aside, start back,
     steer clear of, step aside, stewing chicken, stooge, stoop, stud,
     submerge, submergence, submerse, submersion, sugar, supination,
     swamp, sweet, sweetheart, sweetie, sweetkins, sweets, swerve,
     tellurian, tergiversate, terran, the runaround, the vanquished,
     tom, tom turkey, turkey, turkey gobbler, turkey-cock, turn aside,
     underdog, victim, volaille, waffle, ward, ward off, weasel,
     weasel out, welsh, whelm, wild duck, wince, withdraw, worldling,
     zigzag, zombie

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