musk duck

  1. an Australian duck, Biziura lobata, having a musky odor.

Origin of musk duck

First recorded in 1765–75

Words Nearby musk duck Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use musk duck in a sentence

  • I can ride anything—anything that ever was lapped in horsehide—swim like a musk-duck, and track like a Myall blackfellow.

    Robbery Under Arms | Thomas Alexander Browne, AKA Rolf Boldrewood
  • At last he was so fortunate as to shoot a musk duck, which he brought back to the camp, stuck up before the fire, and roasted.

    The Book of the Bush | George Dunderdale
  • The odor of the musk-duck is chiefly confined to the breeding season.

  • Some writers declare that the large musk duck is the most remarkable of the many remarkable birds of Australia.

    An Australian Bird Book | John Albert Leach
  • Erismaturin: musk duck (Biziura lobata) of Tasmania and Australia.

British Dictionary definitions for musk duck

musk duck

  1. another name for Muscovy duck

  2. a duck, Biziura lobata, inhabiting swamps, lakes, and streams in Australia. The male has a leathery pouch beneath the bill and emits a musky odour

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