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Bombay duck

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noun
  1. a small lizardfish, Harpadon nehereus, inhabiting river mouths and estuaries of Asia.
  2. (in India) the flesh of this fish, impregnated with asafetida, dried, salted, and used as a condiment or relish, especially with curry.

Origin of Bombay duck

First recorded in 1665–75
Also called bummalo.
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Bombay duck

noun
  1. 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 savouryAlso 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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