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pekin

[pee-kin]
noun (often initial capital letter)
  1. 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

1775–85; < French pékin; after Peking

Pekin

1
[pee-kin]
noun
  1. one of a hardy breed of yellowish-white domestic ducks, raised originally in China.
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Origin of Pekin

1
First recorded in 1880–85; after Peking

Pekin

2
[pee-kin]
noun
  1. a city in central Illinois.
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Historical Examples of pekin

  • It was not until they reached Taiyuen that they struck the road that led to Pekin or Tientsin.

    General Gordon

    J. Wardle

  • I take tea in Pekin with a spoon from Australia and a saucer from Dresden.

    The Voice of the Machines

    Gerald Stanley Lee

  • Another minute, and the Union Jack was floating over the walls of Pekin.

    Crown and Anchor

    John Conroy Hutcheson

  • "Pekin is not on navigable water, and we cannot go there in the ship," said he.

  • They were invited to go with the party to Pekin in the Blanchita, and accepted.


British Dictionary definitions for pekin

Pekin

noun
  1. a breed of white or cream duck with a bright orange bill
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Word Origin for Pekin

C18: via French from Peking
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