Definition of Bombay duck noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary


Bombay duck

BrE BrE//ˌbɒmbeɪ ˈdʌk//
; NAmE NAmE//ˌbɑːmbeɪ ˈdʌk//
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dried fish eaten with curries Word Originmid 19th cent.: alteration of bummalo (of the same meaning), through association with Bombay in India, from which bummalo were exported; the reason for the use of the term duck is unknown.