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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.
While it's not absolutely necessary, I prefer to use species-specific decoys, especially if targeting divers such as canvasback, scaup or redheads.
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.
5 The most powerful flying duck, the canvasback has massive chest muscles, a pointed head and bill, and wings that whistle when it flies.
Hydrilla control on Lake Wales, Florida, led to reduced ring-necked duck (Aythya collaris) and canvasback (Aythya valisineria) use of the lake (6).
New single, I Don't Want To See You Like This, October 11, is the first for new label Canvasback Music/Atlantic Records, which signed the band following a third Stateside tour.
Each room is named for a type of duck, with names like Wigeon, Specklebelly, Canvasback, Black Duck, Mallard, Pintail, and Redhead.
clypeata 4 Wood duck ([double dagger]) Aix sponsa 104 Common goldeneye ([section]) Bucephala clangula 18 Canvasback ([section]) Aythya valisinena 19 Hooded merganser ([section]) Lophodytes cucullatus 26 Lesser scaup ([section]) Aythya affinis 1 Redhead ([section]) Aythya americana 223 Ring-necked duck ([section]) Aythya collaris 51 Ruddy duck ([parallel]) Oxyura jamaicensis 2 No.
Waterfowl are also featured including the American widgeon, black ducks, blue-winged teal, cinnamon teal, green-winged teal, gadwall, mallard, pintail, shoveler, wood duck, canvasback, greater scaup, lesser scaup, redhead, Canadian geese, and the snow goose.
Sebring named the Canvasback, Redhead and Woodcock over-and-under models as the most popular.