Bombay duck
Duck Duck, n. [OE. duke, doke. See {Duck}, v. t. ] 1. (Zool.) Any bird of the subfamily {Anatin[ae]}, family {Anatid[ae]}. [1913 Webster]

Note: The genera and species are numerous. They are divided into {river ducks} and {sea ducks}. Among the former are the common domestic duck ({Anas boschas}); the wood duck ({Aix sponsa}); the beautiful mandarin duck of China ({Dendronessa galeriliculata}); the Muscovy duck, originally of South America ({Cairina moschata}). Among the sea ducks are the eider, canvasback, scoter, etc. [1913 Webster]

2. A sudden inclination of the bead or dropping of the person, resembling the motion of a duck in water. [1913 Webster]

Here be, without duck or nod, Other trippings to be trod. --Milton. [1913 Webster]

{Bombay duck} (Zo["o]l.), a fish. See {Bummalo}.

{Buffel duck}, {Spirit duck}. See {Buffel duck}.

{Duck ant} (Zo["o]l.), a species of white ant in Jamaica which builds large nests in trees.

{Duck barnacle}. (Zo["o]l.) See {Goose barnacle}.

{Duck hawk}. (Zo["o]l.) (a) In the United States: The peregrine falcon. (b) In England: The marsh harrier or moor buzzard.

{Duck mole} (Zo["o]l.), a small aquatic mammal of Australia, having webbed feet and a bill resembling that of a duck ({Ornithorhynchus anatinus}). It belongs the subclass Monotremata and is remarkable for laying eggs like a bird or reptile; -- called also {duckbill}, {platypus}, {mallangong}, {mullingong}, {tambreet}, and {water mole}.

{To make ducks and drakes}, to throw a flat stone obliquely, so as to make it rebound repeatedly from the surface of the water, raising a succession of jets; hence:

{To play at ducks and drakes}, with property, to throw it away heedlessly or squander it foolishly and unprofitably.

{Lame duck}. See under {Lame}. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • Bombay duck — Taxobox name = Bombay duck regnum = Animalia phylum = Chordata classis = Actinopterygii ordo = Aulopiformes familia = Synodontidae genus = Harpadon species = H. nehereus binomial = Harpadon nehereus binomial authority = (Hamilton, 1822)The Bombay …   Wikipedia

  • bombay duck — n. a dried fish, esp. bummalo, usu. eaten with curried dishes. Etymology: corrupt. of bombil: see BUMMALO * * * Bombay duck 7 [Bombay duck Bombay ducks] [ˌbɒmbeɪ ˈdʌk] [ˌbɑːmbeɪ ˈdʌk] no …   Useful english dictionary

  • Bombay duck — Bummalo Bum ma*lo, n. [Native name.] (Zo[ o]l.) A small marine Asiatic fish ({Saurus ophidon}) used in India as a relish; called also {Bombay duck}. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Bombay duck — 1. a small lizardfish, Harpadon nehereus, inhabiting river mouths and estuaries of Asia. 2. (in India) the flesh of this fish, impregnated with asafetida, dried, salted, and used as a condiment or relish, esp. with curry. Also called bummalo.… …   Universalium

  • Bombay Duck — not a duck but a strong tasting and stinky delicacy of the western coast of India, sun dried and salted Harpadon nehereus (Harpadontidae). It keeps a long time if kept dry and can be crumbled over stews and curries. The name may come from Bombay… …   Dictionary of ichthyology

  • Bombay duck — noun the bummalo (fish), dried and eaten as an accompaniment to curries. Origin C19: alt. of bummalo by assoc. with the city of Bombay in India, from which bummalo were exported; the reason for the use of the term duck is unknown …   English new terms dictionary

  • Bombay duck — /bɒmbeɪ ˈdʌk/ (say bombay duk) noun a dried fish (the bummalo), eaten as a savoury with curries …   Australian English dictionary

  • Bombay duck —   n. preserved flesh of pike like marine fish of East …   Dictionary of difficult words

  • Japanese Bombay duck — japoninė lenktadantė statusas T sritis zoologija | vardynas taksono rangas rūšis atitikmenys: lot. Harpadon microchir angl. Japanese Bombay duck; tinyfin Bombay duck rus. японский бомбиль ryšiai: platesnis terminas – lenktadantės …   Žuvų pavadinimų žodynas

  • tinyfin Bombay duck — japoninė lenktadantė statusas T sritis zoologija | vardynas taksono rangas rūšis atitikmenys: lot. Harpadon microchir angl. Japanese Bombay duck; tinyfin Bombay duck rus. японский бомбиль ryšiai: platesnis terminas – lenktadantės …   Žuvų pavadinimų žodynas

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