Any one of numerous species of ducks which frequent the seacoasts and feed mainly on fishes and mollusks. The scoters, eiders, old squaw, and ruddy duck are examples. They may be distinguished by the lobate hind toe.
(a.) An act of a corporation or of its founder, intended as a permanent rule or law; as, the statutes of a university.
(a.) An assemblage of farming servants (held possibly by statute) for the purpose of being hired; -- called also statute fair.
(n.) An act of the legislature of a state or country, declaring, commanding, or prohibiting something; a positive law; the written will of the legislature expressed with all the requisite forms of legislation; -- used in distinction fraom common law. See Common law, under Common, a.