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Muscovy duck

  1. a large, crested, wild duck, Cairina moschata, of tropical America, that has been widely domesticated.
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Origin of Muscovy duck

First recorded in 1650–60
Also called musk duck.
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British Dictionary definitions for muscovy duck

Muscovy duck

musk duck

  1. a large crested widely domesticated South American duck, Cairina moschata, having a greenish-black plumage with white markings and a large red caruncle on the bill
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Word Origin

C17: originally musk duck, a name later mistakenly associated with Muscovy
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