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duck in Birds topic

From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishduckduck1 /dʌk/ ●●● S3 noun 🔊 🔊 1 ldoce_077.png [countable]HBB a very common water bird with short legs and a wide beak, used for its meat, eggs, and soft feathers2 [countable]HBB a female duck → drake3 [uncountable]DFF the meat of a duck used as food 🔊 roast duck with orange sauce4 → take to something like a duck to water5 (also ducks)FRIENDLYTALK TO somebody British English spoken used to speak to someone, especially a woman, in a friendly way 🔊 What can I get you, ducks?6 [countable]DSC a score of zero by a batsman in a game of cricket → dead duck, lame duck, → like water off a duck’s back at water1(8), → ducks and drakes, sitting duckCOLLOCATIONSverbsa duck quacks (=makes the sound ducks make)The ducks on the river started quacking.a duck waddles (=walks moving its body from side to side)Ducks were waddling across the grass.a duck paddles (=swims by moving its feet under the water)Ducks and swans paddled towards us.a duck dives (=puts its head down under the water)A single wild duck was swimming and diving.a duck bobs (=moves up and down on the water)They watched the ducks bobbing up and down on the waves.duck + NOUNa duck pond (=a small area of water where there are ducks)The park has a duck pond which the children like.
Examples from the Corpus
duck• Most commercial ducks now come from farms in Northern California or the Midwest states, especially Indiana.• The particular larva around which a mussel pearl forms lives in its adult stage in the eider duck.• In the moonlight it appeared more like a great slab of concrete than a refuge for ducks.• He went to the brook, and shot a little duck, Right through the middle of the head, head, head.• roast duck• When removing the legs from the duck, make sure to leave enough skin around them to cover the meat.