Definition of teal in English:



  • 1A small freshwater duck, typically with a greenish band on the wing that is most prominent in flight.

    • ‘Irrespective of the pattern of colonization, flightlessness probably evolved separately in the subantarctic teals.’
    • ‘A small pale brown and maroon-chestnut coloured duck, the whistling teals appear feeble.’
    • ‘Our two most common ducks, Mallard and American Black Duck, are dabblers, as are teals (like the Green-winged Teal we saw on New Year's Day) and wigeons.’
    • ‘Officials are closely monitoring and conducting tests of open-billed storks and teals to prevent the further spread of the outbreak during their winter migration season.’
    • ‘The teals, mallards and other small ducks were all paddling about.’
    • ‘A spring of Common teals is resting at water's edge.’
    • ‘Rather than being shared by all of the brown-plumaged teals, this character appears to be shared by only the New Zealand teals, because male Chestnut Teals (like Mallards) have a fully green head.’
    • ‘Cattail-thronged marshes here host canvasbacks, redheads, and swans, along with buffleheads, common golden-eyes, teals, and even some bald and golden eagles.’
    • ‘Using morphological characters, Livezey generated a phylogeny for dabbling ducks that included most of the Australasian teals.’
    • ‘Ducks, coots, teals, terns, gulls, cormorants, waders, egrets, plovers and herons are some of the birds that assemble here.’
    • ‘Around the same time and at the same value, there also were plenty of wigeons and teal, although neither made much of an impression at the processing house.’
    • ‘All of our results show that the Grey Teal and Chestnut Teal are sister taxa, and we can reject the hypothesis that places the Chestnut Teal and New Zealand teals as sister taxa.’
    • ‘Surprisingly, rather than grouping the South Island Brown Teal with the North Island Brown Teal or one of the subantarctic teals, the South Island Brown Teal grouped with the Mallard and Grey Duck.’
    • ‘I watched lapwings competing for nest sites on the damp fields where I also saw pheasants, grey partridges, teal and mallards.’
    • ‘Recently, the Park attracted teals even before it started raining in earnest.’
    • ‘In an attempt to resolve the taxonomic and systematic status of the Australasian teals, we sequenced mitochondrial DNA from the members of this group.’
    • ‘And while the local migratory birds are flying out, the foreign ones like mallards, pintails, teals, shovelers, pochards, waders and curlews are coming in.’
    • ‘Other birds that seemed to be flushed out by the truck were a few moorhens, a single purple swamphen, and a pair of marbled teals.’
    • ‘The farm is also home to blue-winged teals, coots, grebes, and an occasional osprey or peregrine falcon.’
    • ‘Up to 600,000 gather here - gadwalls, pintails, Northern shovelers, teals.’
    1. 1.1mass noun A dark greenish-blue colour.
      • ‘In these latitudes, sea and land and sky wear the colors of hand-knit Scottish sweaters: the taupes, the teals, the tans, the oyster grays.’
      • ‘Walking out onto the grand balcony, two robed men, one in teal, the other in purple, paused for a while to admire the open sea.’
      • ‘It was layers and layers of light silk material in hues of green, white, teal, and caramel with a matching overskirt of green velvet.’
      • ‘Colours are tonally muted - shades are subtle orange, peach, salmon, terracotta and teal which strongly contrast with a true red, black, white and deep blue.’
      • ‘She was dressed in an uniform of hot pink, blue, and a lightish teal.’
      • ‘The water of the seas was its true color blue or even a shade of teal, depending on what light it was under.’
      • ‘The colors - simmered shades of red, yellow and blue - are more urban decay than Mondrian, turning up as rusty orange, bilious yellow, bruised blue, teal blue and off-red, with smears of black and white.’
      • ‘The sky had changed colour since her argument, now a purple haze of teals and blues.’
      • ‘Throughout the show's run, a succession of ministers and opposition spokesmen sported an array of shirts, in shades ranging from daring yellows through reckless pinks to idiosyncratic olives, taupes and teals.’
      • ‘Colors also step away from the original blue and silver, with Retro packaged in a more cheerful teal.’
      • ‘Coloured stones in shades like teal blue, burgundy, greens, chocolate browns, beads, wooden bracelets and huge jewelry in like colours are what her customers are asking for.’
      • ‘Her sharp nails were expertly painted, and her eyes were a stormy teal.’
      • ‘While the leaves and flowers seem based in real observation, the overall color palette has shifted away from earth tones into a glowing fantasy of blue-green, aquamarine, sunset pink, and teal blue.’
      • ‘The slightest thing which jars with the colour co-ordination of Little France stands out a mile - even bedpans are a tasteful shade of teal as they are whisked by.’
      • ‘Kylara was shorter and buxom, with red-gold hair and Elven eyes that gleamed a rare teal.’
      • ‘I would say the best dress this month has got to be Naomi Watts wearing that Roly Mare dress with the square neckline, form-fitting, and a beautiful sort of teal blue.’
      • ‘Reds that appear with hints of blue, and teals and oranges shaded with gold will be in demand.’
      • ‘The Marlins claim they won't deal the N.L.'s home run leader, Mike Lowell, but we'll believe it only if he's still wearing teal on August 1.’
      • ‘All right, my favorite color is teal, but I don't really want to play this game.’
      • ‘It was wrapped in teal, Eloise's favorite color.’
      sky-blue, azure, cobalt, cobalt blue, sapphire, cerulean, navy, navy blue, saxe, saxe blue, oxford blue, cambridge blue, ultramarine, lapis lazuli, indigo, aquamarine, turquoise, teal, teal blue, cyan, of the colour of the sky, of the colour of the sea
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Middle English: of unknown origin; related to Dutch teling.