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Bombay duck

a small lizardfish, Harpadon nehereus, inhabiting river mouths and estuaries of Asia.
(in India) the flesh of this fish, impregnated with asafetida, dried, salted, and used as a condiment or relish, especially with curry.
Also called bummalo.
Origin of Bombay duck
First recorded in 1665-75 Unabridged
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Bombay duck

a teleost fish, Harpodon nehereus, that resembles and is related to the lizard fishes: family Harpodontidae. It is eaten dried with curry dishes as a savoury Also called bummalo
Word Origin
C19: changed from bombil (see bummalo) through association with Bombay (now Mumbai), from which it was exported
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