ETYM Old Eng. tele; akin to Dutch teling a generation, production, teal, telen to breed, produce, and Eng. till to cultivate. The English word probably once meant, a brood or flock. Related to Till to cultivate.
Any of various small short-necked dabbling river ducks of Europe and America.
Any of various small, short-necked dabbling ducks of the genus Anas. The drakes generally have a bright head and wing markings. The green-winged teal A. crecca is about 35 cm/14 in long.