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Duck is the common name for numerous species of waterfowl in the family Anatidae. Ducks are generally smaller and shorter-necked than swans and geese, which are also members of the same family. Divided among several subfamilies, they are a form taxon, they do not represent a monophyletic group (the group of all descendants of a single common ancestral species), since swans and geese are not considered ducks. Ducks are mostly aquatic birds, and may be found in both fresh water and sea water. Ducks are sometimes confused with several types of unrelated water birds with similar forms, such as loons or divers, grebes, gallinules and coots. Etymology The word duck comes from Old English dce 'diver', a derivative of the verb *dcan 'to duck, bend down low as if to get under something, or dive', because of the way many species in the dabbling duck group feed by upending, compare with Dutch duiken and German tauchen 'to dive'. This word replaced Old English ened/nid 'duck', possibly to avoid confusion with other words, like ende 'end' with similar forms. Other Germanic languages still have similar words for duck, for example, Dutch eend, German Ente and Norwegian and. The word ened/nid was inherited from Proto-Indo-European, cf. Latin anas 'duck', Lithuanian ntis 'duck', Ancient Greek / (nssa/ntta) 'duck', and Sanskrit t 'water bird', among others.
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