Muscovy duck


Mus·​co·​vy duck ˈmə-ˌskō-vē- How to pronounce Muscovy duck (audio)
: a large dark crested duck (Cairina moschata) of Central and South America that is widely kept in domestication

Examples of Muscovy duck in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Earlier this year, the euthanizing of aggressive Muscovy ducks in Palmetto Bay, south of Pinecrest, prompted so much outrage that some residents held a candlelight vigil for the deceased. Patricia Mazzei Alfonso Duran, New York Times, 9 Aug. 2023 Magret is the term used for the large breasts of a Muscovy duck, found at many butcher shops and supermarkets or easily bought online. David Tanis, New York Times, 9 Oct. 2020

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Word History


Muscovy, principality of Moscow, Russia

First Known Use

1657, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of Muscovy duck was in 1657

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“Muscovy duck.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Jul. 2024.

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