He was just about to duck the little one a second time when Will arrived.

Ordinarily no duck could have been more indifferent to a rain storm than herself.

Place a layer of them in a stew-pan; then put in the duck and cover it with ham.

In the meantime, have ready two sets of goose-giblets, or four of duck.

This was called a “cucking-stool,” and was used to duck scolds or brawlers.

Pour a little gravy round the duck, and serve the rest in a tureen.

A sharp knife, Babette, for these teal––a duck should be cut, not torn.

After very nicely cleaning goose or duck giblets, and removing the thick membrane from the gizzards, stew them, in a little water.

The duck was a drake, but the stork didn't mind, and they loved each other and were as jolly as could be.

So they looked about and found a duck, and introduced it to the stork.


waterfowl, Old English duce (found only in genitive ducan) "a duck," literally "a ducker," presumed to be from Old English *ducan "to duck, dive" (see duck (v.)). Replaced Old English ened as the name for the bird, this being from PIE *aneti-, the root of the "duck" noun in most Indo-European languages.

As a term of endearment, attested from 1580s. duck-walk is 1930s; duck soup "anything easily done" is by 1899. Duck's ass haircut is from 1951. Ducks-and-drakes, skipping flat stones on water, is from 1580s; the figurative sense of "throwing something away recklessly" is c.1600.


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