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Any of several large sea ducks, especially of the genus Somateria of northern regions, having soft, commercially valuable down and predominantly black and white plumage in the male.

[Back-formation from eiderdown.]


(ˈaɪdə) or

eider duck

(Animals) any of several sea ducks of the genus Somateria, esp S. mollissima, and related genera, which occur in the N hemisphere. The male has black and white plumage, and the female is the source of eiderdown
[C18: from Old Norse æthr; related to Swedish ejder, Dutch, German Eider]

ei′der duck`

any of several large diving ducks, esp. of the genus Somateria, of northern seas.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.eider - duck of the northern hemisphere much valued for the fine soft down of the femaleseider - duck of the northern hemisphere much valued for the fine soft down of the females
sea duck - any of various large diving ducks found along the seacoast: eider; scoter; merganser
genus Somateria, Somateria - eider ducks
eiderdown - down of the eider duck


nEiderente f


[ˈaɪdəʳ] n (also eider duck) → edredone m
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Its vivid yellows fairly screamed aloud; its whites were as eider down; its blacks glossy as the finest anthracite coal, and its coat long and shaggy as a mountain goat.
The landlord was near spraining his wrist, and I told him for heaven's sake to quit -- the bed was soft enough to suit me, and I did not know how all the planing in the world could make eider down of a pine plank.
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