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A small North American diving duck (Bucephala albeola) having black and white plumage and a densely feathered, rounded head. Also called butterball.

[Obsolete buffle, buffalo (from French, from Late Latin būfalus; see buffalo) + head.]


(Animals) a small North American diving duck, Bucephala (or Glaucionetta) albeola: the male has black-and-white plumage and a fluffy head. Also called: butterball
[C17 buffle from obsolete buffle wild ox (see buff1), referring to the duck's head]


(ˈbʌf əlˌhɛd)

a small North American duck, Bucephala albeola, the male of which has a large head with bushy plumage.
[1855–60, Amer.; buffle (see buff1) + head;]
buf′fle•head`ed, adj.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.bufflehead - small North American diving duckbufflehead - small North American diving duck; males have bushy head plumage
duck - small wild or domesticated web-footed broad-billed swimming bird usually having a depressed body and short legs
Bucephala, genus Bucephala - buffleheads and goldeneyes
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