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A small Eurasian diving duck (Mergellus albellus), the male of which has white and black plumage and a white crest.
[Perhaps akin to earlier and dialectal English smee, any of various duck species; akin to German dialectal schmei-, schmü- (in Schmeiente, Schmünte, widgeon : schmei-, schmü- + German Ente, duck), and to Dutch smient.]
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(Animals) a merganser, Mergus albellus, of N Europe and Asia, having a male plumage of white with black markings
[C17: of uncertain origin]
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a Eurasian duck, Mergellus albellus, closely akin to mergansers.
[1665–75; orig. uncertain]
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|Noun||1.||smew - smallest merganser and most expert diver; found in northern Eurasia|
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