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Dear Maria,

Would you please tell me if the following is correct:

Anatra  =  a female duck
Anatra maschio  =  a male duck


Thank you!

Very Sincerely,

Rich

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Dear Rich,

in Italian we use the noun "anatra" to generally indicate both a female duck and a male duck.

If however we want to specify the gender of this water bird we say “anatra maschio” and “anatra femmina”.

But in English there is a specific term for a male duck, i.e. “drake”, as you can see in the following sentence :"The other day while walking along the footpath opposite the park I noticed seven or eight drakes surrounding a female duck and her ten ducklings"

Take care,

Maria

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