What does sheldrake mean?

Here's a list of possible definitions for the term sheldrake:

Princeton's WordNet

  1. merganser, fish duck, sawbill, sheldrake(noun)

    large crested fish-eating diving duck having a slender hooked bill with serrated edges

  2. sheldrake(noun)

    Old World gooselike duck slightly larger than a mallard with variegated mostly black-and-white plumage and a red bill


  1. sheldrake(Noun)

    common name for various Old World duck species of the genus tadorna

  2. sheldrake(Noun)


  3. sheldrake(Noun)

    a male shelduck

  4. Origin: from sheld- (akin to shillede 'parti-colored') + drake 'male duck'

Webster Dictionary

  1. Sheldrake(noun)

    any one of several species of large Old World ducks of the genus Tadorna and allied genera, especially the European and Asiatic species. (T. cornuta, / tadorna), which somewhat resembles a goose in form and habit, but breeds in burrows

  2. Sheldrake(noun)

    any one of the American mergansers

  3. Origin: [Sheld + drake.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Sheldrake

    shel′drāk, n. a genus of birds of the Duck family Anatidæ, having the hind-toe free:—fem. Shel′duck. [A.S. scyld, a shield, and drake.]

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. sheldrake

    The Anas tadorna, a large species of wild duck.


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of sheldrake in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of sheldrake in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

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