Definition of mallard in English:


Line breaks: mal|lard
Pronunciation: /ˈmalɑːd
, -ləd/

noun (plural same or mallards)

  • The commonest duck of the northern hemisphere, the male having a dark green head and white collar.
    • Anas platyrhynchos, family Anatidae
    More example sentences
    • We saw lots of waterfowl, mostly Canada geese and mallards with the odd Gadwall.
    • This paper examines the function of female resistance behavior in one of the dabbling ducks, the mallard.
    • The teals, mallards and other small ducks were all paddling about.


Middle English: from Old French, 'wild drake', from masle 'male'.

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