old squaw


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old squaw

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oldsquaw

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(Animals) US and Canadian a long-tailed northern sea duck, Clangula hyemalis, having dark wings and a white-and-brown head and body. Also called: oldwife

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n.
a sea duck, Clangula hyemalis, of arctic and subarctic regions.
[1830–40, Amer.]
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Noun1.old squaw - a common long-tailed sea duck of the northern parts of the United Statesold squaw - a common long-tailed sea duck of the northern parts of the United States
sea duck - any of various large diving ducks found along the seacoast: eider; scoter; merganser
Clangula, genus Clangula - a genus of ducks
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George Kearney says we can have a cooking-stove under the tree outside at the back, and as there will be no rain for three months we can do the cooking there, and that will give us more room for--for the piano when it comes; and there's an old squaw to do the cleaning and washing-up any day--and--and--it will be real fun.
My townsmen have all heard the tradition -- the oldest people tell me that they heard it in their youth -- that anciently the Indians were holding a pow-wow upon a hill here, which rose as high into the heavens as the pond now sinks deep into the earth, and they used much profanity, as the story goes, though this vice is one of which the Indians were never guilty, and while they were thus engaged the hill shook and suddenly sank, and only one old squaw, named Walden, escaped, and from her the pond was named.
And yet the old squaw Tistig, at Gayhead, said that the name would somehow prove prophetic.