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Related to Mergellus: Mergus albellus, Leeward Islands

smew

 (smyo͞o)
n.
A small Eurasian diving duck (Mergellus albellus), the male of which has white and black plumage and a white crest.

[Perhaps akin to earlier and dialectal English smee, any of various duck species; akin to German dialectal schmei-, schmü- (in Schmeiente, Schmünte, widgeon : schmei-, schmü- + German Ente, duck), and to Dutch smient.]

smew

(smjuː)
n
(Animals) a merganser, Mergus albellus, of N Europe and Asia, having a male plumage of white with black markings
[C17: of uncertain origin]

smew

(smyu)

n.
a Eurasian duck, Mergellus albellus, closely akin to mergansers.
[1665–75; orig. uncertain]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.smew - smallest merganser and most expert diversmew - smallest merganser and most expert diver; found in northern Eurasia
genus Mergus, Mergus - mergansers
fish duck, merganser, sawbill, sheldrake - large crested fish-eating diving duck having a slender hooked bill with serrated edges
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The species included in the analysis are the following: Anas acuta, Anser albifrons, Anser anser, Anser brachyrhynchus, Anas clypeata, Anas crecca, Anser erythropus, Anser fabalis, Aythya ferina, Aythya fuligula, Aythya marila, Aythya nyroca, Anas penelope, Anas platyrhynchos, Anas querquedula, Anas strepera, Branta bernicla, Bucephala clangula, Branta leucopsis, Branta ruficollis, Cygnus columbianus, Cygnus cygnus, Clangula hyemalis, Cygnus olor, Mergellus albellus, Marmaronetta angustirostris, Melanitta fusca, Mergus merganser, Melanitta nigra, Mergus serrator, Netta rufina, Oxyura leucocephala, Polysticta stelleri, Somateria mollissima, Tadorna ferruginea, Tadorna tadorna.