Canvasback Can"vas*back`, n. (Zo["o]l.) A Species of duck ({Aythya vallisneria}), esteemed for the delicacy of its flesh. It visits the United States in autumn; particularly Chesapeake Bay and adjoining waters; -- so named from the markings of the plumage on its back. [1913 Webster]

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  • canvasback — ☆ canvasback [kan′vəsbak΄ ] n. pl. canvasbacks or canvasback [< the grayish, canvaslike appearance of the back] a large, North American wild duck (Aythya valisneria) with a brownish red head, dark breast, and light gray back, hunted as a game… …   English World dictionary

  • Canvasback — Taxobox name = Canvasback status = LC | status system = IUCN3.1 image width = 200px regnum = Animalia phylum = Chordata classis = Aves ordo = Anseriformes familia = Anatidae genus = Aythya species = A. valisineria binomial = Aythya valisineria… …   Wikipedia

  • canvasback — /kan veuhs bak /, n., pl. canvasbacks, (esp. collectively) canvasback. a North American wild duck, Aythya valisineria, the male of which has a whitish back and a reddish brown head and neck. [1595 1605, Amer.; after the canvaslike color of its… …   Universalium

  • canvasback — noun A North American wild duck, Aythya valisineria, popular as a game bird. Yesterday, I received a great present from Mr. Webster, from Washington; a large basket of canvasback ducks and a large turkey …   Wiktionary

  • canvasback — ilgasnapė rudagalvė antis statusas T sritis zoologija | vardynas atitikmenys: lot. Aythya valisineria angl. canvasback vok. Riesentafelente, f rus. длинноносый красноголовый нырок, m pranc. fuligule à dos blanc, m ryšiai: platesnis terminas –… …   Paukščių pavadinimų žodynas

  • canvasback — noun North American wild duck valued for sport and food • Syn: ↑canvasback duck, ↑Aythya valisineria • Hypernyms: ↑duck • Member Holonyms: ↑Aythya, ↑genus Aythya …   Useful english dictionary

  • canvasback — noun Date: 1782 a North American wild duck (Aythya valisineria) that has a reddish brown head, black breast, and whitish body and is characterized especially by the elongate sloping profile of the bill and head …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • canvasback — n. type of American duck …   English contemporary dictionary

  • canvasback — noun a North American diving duck related to the pochard. [Aythya valisineria.] …   English new terms dictionary

  • canvasback — can·vas·back …   English syllables