WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2017
mal•lard /ˈmælɚd/USA pronunciation   n.[countable]pl.  -lards, (esp. when thought of as a group) -lard. 
  1. Birdsa common wild duck from which the domestic ducks are descended.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2017
mal•lard  (malərd),USA pronunciation n., pl.  -lards,  (esp. collectively) -lard. 
  1. Birdsa common, almost cosmopolitan, wild duck, Anas platyrhynchos, from which the domestic ducks are descended.
  • Middle French, Old French mallart mallard drake, drake; see male, -ard
  • Middle English 1275–1325


Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

mallard /ˈmælɑːd/ n ( pl -lard, -lards)
  1. a duck, Anas platyrhynchos, common over most of the N hemisphere, the male of which has a dark green head and reddish-brown breast: the ancestor of all domestic breeds of duck
Etymology: 14th Century: from Old French mallart, perhaps from maslart (unattested); see male, -ard



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