pekin

[ 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.

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Origin of pekin

First recorded in 1775–85; from French pékin; after Peking

Definition for pekin (2 of 3)

Pekin1
[ pee-kin ]
/ ˈpiˈkɪn /

noun

one of a hardy breed of yellowish-white domestic ducks, raised originally in China.

Origin of Pekin

1
First recorded in 1880–85; after Peking

Definition for pekin (3 of 3)

Pekin2
[ pee-kin ]
/ ˈpi kɪn /

noun

a city in central Illinois.
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British Dictionary definitions for pekin

Pekin
/ (piːˈkɪn) /

noun

a breed of white or cream duck with a bright orange bill

Word Origin for Pekin

C18: via French from Peking
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