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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.
Etymology: Old English duceOld English, duce.


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