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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.


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


(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.
And they learned to eat roasted mallard and canvasback in the California style of sixteen minutes in a hot oven.
Next, onward to Ruby Valley, Nevada, as assistant refuge manager, where he was able to restore and protect the sensitive nesting grounds for canvasback ducks.
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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.
During the Great Recession, when most wineries were cutting back, GI Partners invested more than $60 million to expand Duckhorn's estate vineyard portfolio by 350 acres, built and acquired winemaking facilities, unveiled new wines and established Canvasback, a Cabernet Sauvignon brand from Washington's Red Mountain AVA.
Fisher of Pennsylvania, which featured a weathered canvasback duck decoy as its focal point.
A painting of canvasback ducks with a Chesapeake Bay retriever by Catherine Temple of Clarkston, Wash.
According to the 2014 survey by the New York State Ornithological Association, Canada goose, brant, gadwall, American black duck, mallard, canvasback, redhead, ring-necked duck, greater scaup, white-winged surf scoter, long-tailed duck, bufflehead, common goldeneye, three species of merganser (hooded, common, red-breasted), and ruddy ducks were some of the most commonly observed species.
Increase the canvasback daily limit from one to two; otherwise duck bag limits remain unchanged from last year.
Canvasback Cabernet Sauvignon from Walla Walla, Washington.
Mary Lincoln set a table at the White House, which included such food as aspic of tongue, pate de foie gras, turkey stuffed with truffles, and all sorts of wild game, such as venison, pheasant, or canvasback duck.