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WordNet (r) 3.0 (2005)

adj
1: of a bluish shade of green [syn: bluish green, blue- green, cyan, teal] n
1: a blue-green color or pigment; "they painted it a light shade of bluish green" [syn: bluish green, blue green, teal]
2: any of various small short-necked dabbling river ducks of Europe and America

Merriam Webster's

noun (plural teal or teals) Etymology: Middle English tele; akin to Middle Dutch teling teal Date: 14th century 1. any of various widely distributed small short-necked dabblers (genus Anas) compare blue-winged teal, green-winged teal 2. teal blue

Oxford Reference Dictionary

n. (pl. same) 1 any of various small freshwater ducks of the genus Anas, esp. A. crecca. 2 a dark greenish-blue colour. Etymology: rel. to MDu. teling, of unkn. orig.

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Teal Teal, n. [OE. tele; akin to D. teling a generation, production, teal, telen to breed, produce, and E. till to cultivate. The English word probably once meant, a brood or flock. See Till to cultivate.] (Zo["o]l.) Any one of several species of small fresh-water ducks of the genus Anas and the subgenera Querquedula and Nettion. The male is handsomely colored, and has a bright green or blue speculum on the wings. Note: The common European teal (Anas crecca) and the European blue-winged teal, or garganey (A. querquedula or A. circia), are well-known species. In America the blue-winged teal (A. discors), the green-winged teal (A. Carolinensis), and the cinnamon teal (A. cynaoptera) are common species, valued as game birds. See Garganey. Goose teal, a goslet. See Goslet. Teal duck, the common European teal.

Collin's Cobuild Dictionary

(teals, or teal) A teal is a small duck found in Europe and Asia. N-COUNT



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