: any of a breed of large white ducks of Chinese origin used for meat production

Word History


Pekin, Peking (Beijing), China

First Known Use

1885, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of Pekin was in 1885

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“Pekin.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Feb. 2024.

Geographical Definition


geographical name

Pe·​kin ˈpē-kən How to pronounce Pekin (audio)
city in north central Illinois on the Illinois River south-southwest of Peoria population 33,857

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