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 for velvet duck
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Scoter \Sco"ter\, n. [Cf. Prov. E. scote to plow up.] (Zool.)
     Any one of several species of northern sea ducks of the genus
     Oidemia.
     [1913 Webster]
  
     Note: The European scoters are Oidemia nigra, called also
           black duck, black diver, surf duck; and the
           velvet, or double, scoter ({Oidemia fusca). The common
           American species are the velvet, or white-winged,
           scoter ({Oidemia Deglandi), called also velvet duck,
           white-wing, bull coot, white-winged coot; the
           black scoter ({Oidemia Americana), called also black
           coot, butterbill, coppernose; and the surf scoter,
           or surf duck ({Oidemia perspicillata), called also
           baldpate, skunkhead, horsehead, patchhead,
           pishaug, and spectacled coot. These birds are
           collectively called also coots. The females and young
           are called gray coots, and brown coots.
           [1913 Webster]

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Velvet \Vel"vet\, n. [OE. velouette, veluet, velwet; cf. OF.
     velluau, LL. velluetum, vellutum, It. velluto, Sp. velludo;
     all fr. (assumed) LL. villutus shaggy, fr L. villus shaggy
     hair; akin to vellus a fleece, and E. wool. See Wool, and
     cf. Villous.]
     [1913 Webster]
     1. A silk fabric, having a short, close nap of erect threads.
        Inferior qualities are made with a silk pile on a cotton
        or linen back, or with other soft fibers such as nylon,
        acetate, or rayon.
        [1913 Webster + PJC]
  
     2. The soft and highly vascular deciduous skin which envelops
        and nourishes the antlers of deer during their rapid
        growth.
        [1913 Webster]
  
     3. Something likened to velvet[1] in being soft or luxurious;
        as, a lawn of velvet.
        [PJC]
  
     Cotton velvet, an imitation of velvet, made of cotton.
  
     Velvet cork, the best kind of cork bark, supple, elastic,
        and not woody or porous.
  
     Velvet+crab+(Zool.),+a+European+crab+({Portunus+puber">Velvet crab (Zool.), a European crab ({Portunus puber).
        When adult the black carapace is covered with a velvety
        pile. Called also lady crab, and velvet fiddler.
  
     Velvet dock (Bot.), the common mullein.
  
     Velvet duck. (Zool.)
        (a) A large European sea duck, or scoter ({Oidemia
            fusca). The adult male is glossy, velvety black, with
            a white speculum on each wing, and a white patch
            behind each eye.
        (b) The American whitewinged scoter. See Scoter.
  
     Velvet flower (Bot.), love-lies-bleeding. See under Love.
        
  
     Velvet+grass+(Bot.),+a+tall+grass+({Holcus+lanatus">Velvet grass (Bot.), a tall grass ({Holcus lanatus) with
        velvety stem and leaves; -- called also soft grass.
  
     Velvet runner (Zool.), the water rail; -- so called from
        its quiet, stealthy manner of running. [Prov. Eng.]
  
     Velvet scoter. (Zool.) Same as Velvet duck, above.
  
     Velvet sponge. (Zool.) See under Sponge.
  
     in velvet having a coating of velvet[2] over the antlers;
        in the annual stage where the antlers are still growing;
        -- of deer.
        [1913 Webster + PJC]

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