Definition of shelduck in English:

shelduck

(also sheldrake)

noun

  • A large goose-like Old World duck with brightly coloured plumage, typically showing black and white wings in flight.

    • ‘Dozens of humans and millions of domesticated birds have died in at least eight Asian countries so far, and now China has said the disease is killing wild bar-headed geese, cormorants, and shelducks.’
    • ‘My first sighting was of large numbers of pink-footed geese and wigeon along with some ringed plover and shelduck.’
    • ‘One of the most attractive of our waterfowl, the goose-like shelduck is renowned for its spectacular moult gatherings along the northern coast of Germany.’
    • ‘Low-level attacks against crèches of Canada geese and shelduck are another spectacle, the avocets performing highly attractive ‘butterfly’ flights.’
    • ‘The downy chicks are similar in markings to those of the shelduck.’

Origin

Middle English (as sheldrake): probably from dialect sheld ‘pied’ (related to Middle Dutch schillede ‘variegated’) + duck. The form shelduck dates from the early 18th century.

Pronunciation

shelduck

/ˈʃɛldʌk/