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A North American diving duck (Aythya valisineria), having a reddish-brown head and neck and a whitish back in the male.
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n, pl -backs or -back
(Animals) a North American diving duck, Aythyra valisineria, the male of which has a white body and reddish-brown head
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(ˈkæn vəsˌbæk)

n., pl. -backs, (esp. collectively) -back.
a North American duck, Aythya valisineria, the male of which has a whitish back and a reddish brown head and neck.
[1775–85, Amer.]
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Noun1.canvasback - North American wild duck valued for sport and foodcanvasback - North American wild duck valued for sport and food
duck - small wild or domesticated web-footed broad-billed swimming bird usually having a depressed body and short legs
Aythya, genus Aythya - canvasback; redhead; pochard; etc.
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He is coming to enter his new sloop, the Guinevere, in next summer's International Cup Race; and also to have a little canvasback shooting at Trevenna." Mr.
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In winter, Youngs Island is an important resting stop for migrating waterfowl, particularly several species of special interest, including American black duck, lesser and greater scaup, mallard, canvasback, Canada goose, long-tailed duck, bufflehead, common goldeneye, American wigeon, and red-breasted merganser.
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Duckhorn Wine includes Duckhorn Vineyards, Paraduxx, Goldeneye, Migration, Decoy, Canvasback and Calera.
Featured wines include sauvignon blanc from Duckhorn Vineyards, Napa Valley; ros of pinot noir from Goldeneye, California; chardonnay from Decoy, Sonoma; pinot noir from Migration, Sonoma Coast; cabernet sauvignon from Duckhorn Vineyards, Napa Valley; cabernet sauvignon from Canvasback, Red Mountain; and proprietary red blend from Paraduxx Napa Valley.
His award winners include a canvasback. George explains, "I used a hatchet to carve it out with a chisel and a drill press to hollow it out.
There was Dude, the big black knucklehead that scared me silly once by diving under shelf ice to latch onto a diving drake canvasback, and there was Sadie, who tore off after a low-flying honker I thought was lost, coming back with it almost an hour later.
The transaction encompasses all six DWC wineries (Duckhorn Vineyards, Goldeneye, Paraduxx, Migration, Decoy and Canvasback) and their corresponding properties, along with estate vineyard holdings spanning more than 600 acres in California's Napa Valley, Sonoma County, Anderson Valley and Washington state's Red Mountain district.
Fisher of Pennsylvania, which featured a weathered canvasback duck decoy as its focal point.
Increase the canvasback daily limit from one to two; otherwise duck bag limits remain unchanged from last year.