Definition of turducken
: a boneless chicken stuffed into a boneless duck stuffed into a boneless turkey
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Each turducken is 24 to 26 pounds, costs $129.99 and feeds 18 to 20 people.
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Did You Know?
You can probably guess the origins of turducken just by looking at the word; it is a portmanteau (a word whose form is derived from a blending of two or more distinct other words) created by combining the words turkey, duck, and chicken, and the dish does indeed incorporate all three varieties of fowl. Turducken was first noted in print in 1982, although it may have been in use before that. The dish is a cousin of ballotine, a less familiar food item consisting of deboned meat, poultry, or fish stuffed with seasoned meats or vegetables, rolled and tied into a bundle shape, and usually braised. (The word ballotine derives from the French word for "bundle.")
Origin and Etymology of turducken
turkey + 1duck + 1chicken
First Known Use: 1982See Words from the same year
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