Latin name: Anas
Other names: Ans
The ducks of Pontus feed on the poison in the sea
The ducks of Pontus feed on the poison in the sea, and so cannot be eaten. The blood of such ducks is useful as an ingredient in antidotes.
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Isidore of Seville [7th century CE] (Etymologies, Book 12, 7:51): The duck (ans) takes its name from its constancy (assiduitate) in swimming (natandi). Some ducks, which provide more food than others, are called germanae.