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dabbling duck Tweet Definition of dabbling duck Like Definition of dabbling duck on Facebook
noun
  1. A duck that feeds by dabbling in shallow water including the mallard and teal.
dabchick Tweet Definition of dabchick Like Definition of dabchick on Facebook
noun (plural )
  1. A small grebe native to Europe, Africa and Asia.
darter Tweet Definition of darter Like Definition of darter on Facebook
noun
  1. Any of various darting freshwater fish of the family Percidae, that are usually small and brightly coloured and are native to North America.
DAW Tweet Definition of DAW Like Definition of DAW on Facebook
initialism
  1. Dispense As Written
dickey Tweet Definition of dickey Like Definition of dickey on Facebook
noun
  1. A detachable shirt front, collar or bib.
dipper Tweet Definition of dipper Like Definition of dipper on Facebook
noun (pluraldippers)
  1. Any of various small passerine birds of the genus Cinclus that live near fast-flowing streams and feed along the bottom.
  2. A cup-shaped vessel with a long handle, for dipping out liquids.
diver Tweet Definition of diver Like Definition of diver on Facebook
noun (pluraldivers)
  1. someone who dives, especially as a sport
  2. someone who works underwater; a frogman
  3. the loon (bird)
  4. The New Zealand sand diver
  5. The Long-finned sand diver
diving duck Tweet Definition of diving duck Like Definition of diving duck on Facebook
noun
  1. A duck that feeds mainly by diving such as the pochard.
dodo Tweet Definition of dodo Like Definition of dodo on Facebook
noun (pl=dodoes, pl2=dodos)
  1. A large, flightless bird, Raphus cucullatus, related to the pigeon, that is now extinct (since the 1600s) and was native to Mauritius.
    • As dead as a .
      1. (context, figurative) A person or organisation which is very old or has very old-fashioned views or is not willing to change and adapt.
dotterel Tweet Definition of dotterel Like Definition of dotterel on Facebook
noun (pluraldotterels)
  1. A small plover, Chardrius morinellus, that breeds in northern Eurasia and winters in north Africa and the Middle East.
dovekie Tweet Definition of dovekie Like Definition of dovekie on Facebook
noun
  1. a small back and white seabird, of the genus Alle, of the north Atlantic; the little auk
Down Tweet Definition of Down Like Definition of Down on Facebook
proper noun
  1. One of the counties of Northern Ireland
Drake Tweet Definition of Drake Like Definition of Drake on Facebook
proper noun
  1. A surname, notably of Sir Francis Drake (1540-1596).
  2. (given name, male), transferred use of the surname, or directly from the word drake.
drongo Tweet Definition of drongo Like Definition of drongo on Facebook
noun
  1. Various birds of the family Dicruridae.
  2. (context, Australian English, New Zealand English, slang, pejoratives) fool, idiot.
duck Tweet Definition of duck Like Definition of duck on Facebook
noun
  1. An aquatic bird of the family Anatidae, having a flat bill and webbed feet.
  2. Specifically, an adult female female duck; contrasted with drake and with duckling.
  3. The flesh of a duck used as food.
  4. (cricket) A batsman's score of zero after getting out. (short for duck's egg, since the digit "0" is round like an egg.)
  5. (UK, especially East of the Pennines) Dear, Mate (informal way of addressing a friend or stranger).
Ay up duck, ow'a'tha?
  1. (slang) A playing card with the rank of two.
  2. A tightly-woven cotton fabric used as sailcloth.
    • 1912, Katherine Mansfield, "The Woman At The Store", from "Selected Short Stories":
      He was dressed in a Jaeger vest"a pair of blue trousers, fastened round the waist with a plaited leather belt.
verb
  1. (intransitive) To lower the head in order to prevent it from being struck by something.
  2. (transitive) To lower (something) into water.
  3. (transitive) To lower (the head) in order to prevent it from being struck by something.
  4. (transitive) To try to evade doing something.
duckling Tweet Definition of duckling Like Definition of duckling on Facebook
noun
  1. A young duck.
dunlin Tweet Definition of dunlin Like Definition of dunlin on Facebook
noun
  1. A small wading bird, Calidris alpina, found along the coast and with a distinctive black belly patch in its breeding plumage. A type of stint.
dunnock Tweet Definition of dunnock Like Definition of dunnock on Facebook
noun (pluraldunnocks)
  1. a small European and Asian passerine bird, Prunella modularis, the hedge sparrow

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