Muscovy duck

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From Muscovy Company, an ancient monopolist service + duck

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Muscovy duck (plural Muscovy ducks)

  1. An anatide genus Cairina moschata, a large duck which is native to Mexico, Central and South America.
    • 2001 August 31, Cecil Adams, “The Straight Dope”, Chicago Reader:
      Other species not protected include "exotic and feral species such as mute swans, graylag geese, muscovy ducks, European starlings, house (English) sparrows, and rock doves (pigeons)."
    • 1847, Mayne Reid, Popular Adventure Tales[1]:
      Over the water swept the great harpy eagle--also a fisher like his white-headed cousin of the North; and now and then flocks of muscovy ducks made the air resound with their strong broad wings.

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