from The Century Dictionary.
- noun In the United States, the bufflehead, Clangula (Bucephala) albeola: so called from its expertness in diving and its sudden appearances and disappearances. See
Clangula, and cut under buffle, 2.
- noun Any duck that dives at the flash of a gun or twang of a bow-string; a conjuring duck. Compare
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The prettiest among them is the spirit-duck, -- its motion is so beautiful, as it breasts the little billows, or glides through the still water.
Life at Puget Sound: With Sketches of Travel in Washington Territory, British Columbia, Oregon and California Caroline C. Leighton
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