swimming bird

swimming bird

[′swim·iŋ ‚bird]
(vertebrate zoology)
Any bird belonging to the orders Charadriiformes and Pelacaniformes.
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When we go back to the beginnings of the word duck, we see that the historically primary meaning of the lexical category in question is 'a swimming bird of the genus Anas and kindred genera of the family Anatidae, of which species are found all over the world' (see the OED dictionary).
Apart from the historically primary general sense 'a swimming bird of the genus Anas and kindred genera of the family Anatidae', duck has also been used in more specific senses, for example, it is currently employed in the meaning 'the female of the fowl, the male being the drake' (14th > 21st centuries), and in the 18th century there developed the sense 'the flesh of this fowl'.
The CNPDSUE dictionary stresses that the item in question is a humorous reference to an anatomical characteristic of ducks and hence the phrase--with all likelihood--has grounds in the historically original meaning of the word duck, namely 'a swimming bird of the genus Anas and kindred genera of the family Anatidae'.
On the basis of the data discussed in the foregoing we may state that all the historical secondary meanings analysed above may have originated from the primary meaning of duck, that is 'a swimming bird of the genus Anas and kindred genera of the family Anatidae'.
Note that this duck--based adjective is semantically related to the primary sense of the lexical category duck, that is 'a swimming bird of the genus Anas and kindred genera of the family Anatidae\ and its rise is clearly extralinguistically related to the observation of the characteristic movement of the bird.
All in all, we feel justified in claiming that the semantics of the formation duck--butt and duck('s) arse/duck('s) ass is linked to the conceptual zone /APPEARANCE/ to which the historically primary meaning of the lexical category duck, that is 'a swimming bird of the genus Anas and kindred genera of the family Anatidae', is clearly linked.