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SWEDISH WORD OF THE WEEK: WORD #186

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WORD #186:
BLÄSAND (common gender/en-word, pl: bläsänder)
1. Eurasian wigeon (bird species, Mareca penelope, Anas penelope)

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2 weeks ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/devalanteriel
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We have two words for duck: anka and and - where the former is a domesticated duck, more specifically a mallard, and the latter is a wild one.

bläs means "blaze", in the same sense as an equine coat marking. It's usually applied to horses, but it can extend occasionally - like here. :) English borrowed that word from Old Norse, but it's from the same original root as the word blaze in the sense of fire or flame. The original meaning is "shining".

2 weeks ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Sunny.Kay
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Very interesting! The mental image of the 'blaze' on a horse will make that easy to recall. Thanks!

2 weeks ago

https://www.duolingo.com/DuoIngTheThing
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devalanteriel - Sorry, what was the second Swedish word used to describe a wild duck? Was it "and"?

This time I find your explanation somewhat confusing. Mainly, because a "mallard" is a rather common wild duck. Were you trying to say that an "anka" is a wild duck that became domesticated, or that it is a duck that was already born in captivity and was further domesticated? I think you meant the former, right?

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https://www.duolingo.com/devalanteriel
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Yes, a wild duck is called an and.

Domesticated ducks are almost exclusively mallards. As per Wikipedia: "Almost all varieties of domestic duck apart from the Muscovy duck (Cairina moschata) are descended from the mallard (Anas platyrhynchos)."

So I'm talking about the species, not about an individual animal.

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https://www.duolingo.com/Sunny.Kay
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Pretty bird! Thanks!

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https://www.duolingo.com/Madara_Uchiha6

What good help! +1

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https://www.duolingo.com/DuoIngTheThing
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Super-Svensk - Is a "bläsand" a common bird in Sweden? Or what does this word/bird have in connection with the Swedish culture?

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