- a large, crested, wild duck, Cairina moschata, of tropical America, that has been widely domesticated.
Origin of Muscovy duck
First recorded in 1650–60
Also called musk duck.
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- 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
Word Origin for Muscovy duck
C17: originally musk duck, a name later mistakenly associated with Muscovy
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