One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A group of mallards.‘a sord of mallards on the wing’
- ‘In a sord of mallards, the breeding male stands out with his green head, black rear, and yellowish orange bill tipped with black.’
- ‘I had come to observe so we passed a 'sord' of mallards by harmlessly.’
- ‘I stood on the shoreline observing a sord of mallards paddling around.’
- ‘A sord of mallards dive for food.’
Late Middle English: from obsolete sord ‘to rise or soar up’, via Old French from Latin surgere ‘to rise’; first found in a medieval glossary of collective terms.
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