Definition of Barbary duck
: muscovy duck Sometimes called Barbary ducks, Muscovy ducks have a bumpy red face that resembles a turkey. — Steve Doyle, Huntsville (Alabama) Times, 10 Mar. 2010; especially : the flesh of the Muscovy duck used as food The kitchen marinates Barbary duck in red wine and serves it in a rich sauce based on aromatic herbs and wild berries. — Max Jacobson, Los Angeles Times, 6 May 1994
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Origin and Etymology of barbary duck
after Barbary (North Africa), probably as translation of French canard de Barbarie ◆The vernacular name reflects the tradition in pre-Linnaean biology (e.g., the Ornithologia of Ulisse Aldrovandi) that the bird was native to North Africa—also apparent in the Linnaean genus name Cairina, literally, “Cairene.”
First Known Use: 1775
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