Definition of teal in English:


Pronunciation /tēl/ /til/

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nounteal, teals

  • 1A small freshwater duck, typically with a greenish band on the wing that is most prominent in flight.

    Genus Anas, family Anatidae: several species, in particular the common Eurasian and Canadian A. crecca

    ‘And while the local migratory birds are flying out, the foreign ones like mallards, pintails, teals, shovelers, pochards, waders and curlews are coming in.’
    • ‘Ducks, coots, teals, terns, gulls, cormorants, waders, egrets, plovers and herons are some of the birds that assemble here.’
    • ‘The farm is also home to blue-winged teals, coots, grebes, and an occasional osprey or peregrine falcon.’
    • ‘Cattail-thronged marshes here host canvasbacks, redheads, and swans, along with buffleheads, common golden-eyes, teals, and even some bald and golden eagles.’
    • ‘The teals, mallards and other small ducks were all paddling about.’
    • ‘Our two most common ducks, Mallard and American Black Duck, are dabblers, as are teals (like the Green-winged Teal we saw on New Year's Day) and wigeons.’
    • ‘A small pale brown and maroon-chestnut coloured duck, the whistling teals appear feeble.’
    • ‘Up to 600,000 gather here - gadwalls, pintails, Northern shovelers, teals.’
    • ‘Officials are closely monitoring and conducting tests of open-billed storks and teals to prevent the further spread of the outbreak during their winter migration season.’
    • ‘Using morphological characters, Livezey generated a phylogeny for dabbling ducks that included most of the Australasian teals.’
    • ‘Rather than being shared by all of the brown-plumaged teals, this character appears to be shared by only the New Zealand teals, because male Chestnut Teals (like Mallards) have a fully green head.’
    • ‘Other birds that seemed to be flushed out by the truck were a few moorhens, a single purple swamphen, and a pair of marbled teals.’
    • ‘Surprisingly, rather than grouping the South Island Brown Teal with the North Island Brown Teal or one of the subantarctic teals, the South Island Brown Teal grouped with the Mallard and Grey Duck.’
    • ‘All of our results show that the Grey Teal and Chestnut Teal are sister taxa, and we can reject the hypothesis that places the Chestnut Teal and New Zealand teals as sister taxa.’
    • ‘I watched lapwings competing for nest sites on the damp fields where I also saw pheasants, grey partridges, teal and mallards.’
    • ‘Irrespective of the pattern of colonization, flightlessness probably evolved separately in the subantarctic teals.’
    • ‘In an attempt to resolve the taxonomic and systematic status of the Australasian teals, we sequenced mitochondrial DNA from the members of this group.’
    • ‘A spring of Common teals is resting at water's edge.’
    • ‘Recently, the Park attracted teals even before it started raining in earnest.’
    • ‘Around the same time and at the same value, there also were plenty of wigeons and teal, although neither made much of an impression at the processing house.’
    1. 1.1A dark greenish-blue color.
      ‘The colors - simmered shades of red, yellow and blue - are more urban decay than Mondrian, turning up as rusty orange, bilious yellow, bruised blue, teal blue and off-red, with smears of black and white.’
      • ‘Coloured stones in shades like teal blue, burgundy, greens, chocolate browns, beads, wooden bracelets and huge jewelry in like colours are what her customers are asking for.’
      • ‘I would say the best dress this month has got to be Naomi Watts wearing that Roly Mare dress with the square neckline, form-fitting, and a beautiful sort of teal blue.’
      • ‘While the leaves and flowers seem based in real observation, the overall color palette has shifted away from earth tones into a glowing fantasy of blue-green, aquamarine, sunset pink, and teal blue.’
      • ‘The slightest thing which jars with the colour co-ordination of Little France stands out a mile - even bedpans are a tasteful shade of teal as they are whisked by.’
      • ‘It was layers and layers of light silk material in hues of green, white, teal, and caramel with a matching overskirt of green velvet.’
      • ‘Walking out onto the grand balcony, two robed men, one in teal, the other in purple, paused for a while to admire the open sea.’
      • ‘The water of the seas was its true color blue or even a shade of teal, depending on what light it was under.’
      • ‘Colours are tonally muted - shades are subtle orange, peach, salmon, terracotta and teal which strongly contrast with a true red, black, white and deep blue.’
      • ‘The Marlins claim they won't deal the N.L.'s home run leader, Mike Lowell, but we'll believe it only if he's still wearing teal on August 1.’
      • ‘All right, my favorite color is teal, but I don't really want to play this game.’
      • ‘It was wrapped in teal, Eloise's favorite color.’
      • ‘Throughout the show's run, a succession of ministers and opposition spokesmen sported an array of shirts, in shades ranging from daring yellows through reckless pinks to idiosyncratic olives, taupes and teals.’
      • ‘In these latitudes, sea and land and sky wear the colors of hand-knit Scottish sweaters: the taupes, the teals, the tans, the oyster grays.’
      • ‘Reds that appear with hints of blue, and teals and oranges shaded with gold will be in demand.’
      • ‘The sky had changed colour since her argument, now a purple haze of teals and blues.’
      • ‘Her sharp nails were expertly painted, and her eyes were a stormy teal.’
      • ‘She was dressed in an uniform of hot pink, blue, and a lightish teal.’
      • ‘Kylara was shorter and buxom, with red-gold hair and Elven eyes that gleamed a rare teal.’
      • ‘Colors also step away from the original blue and silver, with Retro packaged in a more cheerful teal.’
      sky blue, azure, cobalt, cobalt blue, sapphire, cerulean, navy, navy blue, saxe, saxe blue, Oxford blue, Cambridge blue, ultramarine, lapis lazuli, indigo, aquamarine, turquoise, teal, teal blue, cyan, of the colour of the sky, of the colour of the sea


Middle English of unknown origin; related to Dutch teling.