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[pee-kin] /ˈpiˈkɪn/
noun, (often initial capital letter)
a silk fabric in which broad stripes of equal width and in various colors or weaves are alternated.
Origin of pekin
1775-85; < French pékin; after Peking


[pee-kin] /ˈpiˈkɪn/
one of a hardy breed of yellowish-white domestic ducks, raised originally in China.
First recorded in 1880-85; after Peking


[pee-kin] /ˈpi kɪn/
a city in central Illinois. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • It was not until they reached Taiyuen that they struck the road that led to pekin or Tientsin.

    General Gordon J. Wardle
  • I take tea in pekin with a spoon from Australia and a saucer from Dresden.

    The Voice of the Machines Gerald Stanley Lee
  • Another minute, and the Union Jack was floating over the walls of pekin.

    Crown and Anchor John Conroy Hutcheson
  • "pekin is not on navigable water, and we cannot go there in the ship," said he.

    Four Young Explorers Oliver Optic
  • They were invited to go with the party to pekin in the Blanchita, and accepted.

    Four Young Explorers Oliver Optic
  • Your first impression must have been that pekin is the greatest city in the world.

    Four Young Explorers Oliver Optic
  • Some of the party made the trip to the loop-wall, near pekin.

    Four Young Explorers Oliver Optic
  • The country round pekin has the beauty we associate with Italy.

    Appearances Goldsworthy Lowes Dickinson
  • Still your chances would be greater than they would be of reaching pekin.

    Condemned as a Nihilist George Alfred Henty
  • We may say that it exists by sufferance at pekin, and nowhere else in the Empire.

    The Life of Gordon, Volume II Demetrius Charles Boulger
British Dictionary definitions for pekin


a breed of white or cream duck with a bright orange bill
Word Origin
C18: via French from Peking
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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