Definition of gadwall in English:


Syllabification: gad·wall
Pronunciation: /ˈgadˌwôl

noun (plural same or gadwalls)

  • A brownish-gray freshwater duck found across Eurasia and North America.
    • Anas strepera, family Anatidae
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    • Other migratory birds observed in the shallow waters were bar headed geese, open bill storks, northern pintails, gadwalls, curlews, black tailed godwits, spoonbills, green shanks, red shanks and so on.
    • Beyond teal, his hunters returned with mixed straps that included shovelers, gadwalls and mottled ducks.
    • During teal season, hunters must be careful not to shoot the occasional shoveler, pintail or gadwall flying alone, which provide no size reference, or rolling with a squadron of teal.


mid 17th century: of unknown origin.

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