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Baldpate

noun

  1. See baldhead.
  2. The widgeon of North America.
* widgeon:
Either of two wild, freshwater ducks (Anas americana of North America or A. penelope of Europe) having a grayish or brownish back and a white belly and wing coverts. The European widgeon has a reddish-brown head and creamy crown, and the American widgeon has a shiny white crown.[Origin unknown.]

The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, Third Edition. Copyright 1991 by Columbia University Press.


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