Sheldrake Shel"drake`, n. [Sheld + drake.] 1. (Zo["o]l.) Any one of several species of large Old World ducks of the genus {Tadorna} and allied genera, especially the European and Asiatic species. ({Tadorna cornuta} syn. {Tadorna tadorna}), which somewhat resembles a goose in form and habit, but breeds in burrows. [1913 Webster]

Note: It has the head and neck greenish black, the breast, sides, and forward part of the back brown, the shoulders and middle of belly black, the speculum green, and the bill and frontal bright red. Called also {shelduck}, {shellduck}, {sheldfowl}, {skeelduck}, {bergander}, {burrow duck}, and {links goose}. [1913 Webster]

Note: The Australian sheldrake ({Tadorna radja}) has the head, neck, breast, flanks, and wing coverts white, the upper part of the back and a band on the breast deep chestnut, and the back and tail black. The chestnut sheldrake of Australia ({Casarca tadornoides}) is varied with black and chestnut, and has a dark green head and neck. The ruddy sheldrake, or Braminy duck ({C. rutila}), and the white-winged sheldrake ({C. leucoptera}), are related Asiatic species. [1913 Webster]

2. Any one of the American mergansers. [1913 Webster]

Note: The name is also loosely applied to other ducks, as the canvasback, and the shoveler. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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