Definition of bufflehead in English:

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bufflehead

Pronunciation: /ˈbʌf(ə)lhɛd/

noun

A small North American diving duck related to the goldeneye, with a large puffy head. The male has white plumage with a black back.
  • Bucephala albeola, family Anatidae.
Example sentences
  • Neophytes at duck identification often confuse a bufflehead with a male hooded merganser when the latter's crest is raised showing a large patch of white feathers.
  • And wigeon and scaup, teal and shovelers, buffleheads and a few mottled ducks.
  • The sea ducks - common golden-eyes and buffleheads - are up in central Alaska.

Origin

Mid 17th century (in the sense 'simpleton'): from obsolete buffle 'buffalo' + head. The current sense (mid 18th century) may be an independent formation because of the duck's large square-shaped head.

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