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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.]
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(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]
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any of several large diving ducks, esp. of the genus Somateria, of northern seas.
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|Noun||1.||eider - 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
eiderdown - down of the eider duck
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n → Eiderente f
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eider[ˈaɪdəʳ] n (also eider duck) → edredone m
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