Pekin

noun
Pe·​kin | \ pi-ˈkin How to pronounce Pekin (audio) , ˈpē-ˌkin How to pronounce Pekin (audio) \

Definition of Pekin

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

First Known Use of Pekin

1885, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for Pekin

Pekin, Peking (Beijing), China

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peking blue

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“Pekin.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Pekin. Accessed 4 Jul. 2022.

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Pekin geographical name

Pe·​kin | \ ˈpē-kən How to pronounce Pekin (audio) , -ˌkin \

Definition of Pekin

city in north central Illinois on the Illinois River south-southwest of Peoria population 33,857

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