1. Also called Grand Duchy of Muscovy. a principality founded c1271 and centered on the ancient city of Moscow. Its rulers gradually gained control over the neighboring Great Russian principalities and established the Russian Empire under the czars.
  2. Archaic. Moscow.
  3. Archaic. Russia. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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  1. a Russian principality (13th to 16th centuries), of which Moscow was the capital
  2. an archaic name for Russia, Moscow
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Word Origin and History for muscovy


from French Moscovie, from Modern Latin Moscovia, old name of Russia, from Russian Moskova "(Principality of) Moscow." In Muscovy duck (1650s) and certain other uses it is a corruption of musk. Related: Muscovite.

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