Definitions of sheldrake
  1. noun
    Old World gooselike duck slightly larger than a mallard with variegated mostly black-and-white plumage and a red bill
    see moresee less
    female sheldrake
    type of:
    small wild or domesticated web-footed broad-billed swimming bird usually having a depressed body and short legs
  2. noun
    large crested fish-eating diving duck having a slender hooked bill with serrated edges
    synonyms: fish duck, merganser, sawbill
    see moresee less
    show 5 types...
    hide 5 types...
    Mergus merganser, goosander
    common merganser of Europe and North America
    American merganser, Mergus merganser americanus
    common North American diving duck considered a variety of the European goosander
    Mergus serrator, red-breasted merganser
    widely distributed merganser of America and Europe
    Mergus albellus, smew
    smallest merganser and most expert diver; found in northern Eurasia
    Lophodytes cucullatus, hooded merganser, hooded sheldrake
    small North American duck with a high circular crest on the male's head
    type of:
    sea duck
    any of various large diving ducks found along the seacoast: eider; scoter; merganser
Word Family