Definition of Musk duck

1. Noun. Large crested wild duck of Central America and South America; widely domesticated.

Exact synonyms: Cairina Moschata, Muscovy Duck
Generic synonyms: Duck
Group relationships: Cairina, Genus Cairina

Definition of Musk duck

1. Noun. The Musk Duck (''Biziura lobata''), a highly aquatic, stiff-tailed duck native to southern Australia. ¹

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Musk Duck

musk cats
musk clover
musk deer
musk duck (current term)
musk ducks
musk hog
musk kangaroo
musk mallow
musk melon
musk ox
musk rose
musk sheep
musk shrew
musk thistle
musk turtle

Literary usage of Musk duck

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. The Journal of the Linnean Society by Linnean Society of London (1906)
"THE following notes on the skeleton of a Musk-Duck ... The Musk-Duck is generally regarded as the close ally of the genera ..."

2. A History of British Birds by Thomas Bewick, Ralph Beilby, Henry Cotes (1816)
"This is the general appearance of the musk duck; but as it is domesticated in almost every country, it varies very much, like all other birds in that state. ..."

3. The Genesee Farmer. (1859)
"Although a native of a warm climate, the musk duck appears very well naturalized in this country. It is foud of warmth—passing the night at the north, ..."

4. Austral English: A Dictionary of Australasian Words, Phrases, and Usages by Edward Ellis Morris (1898)
"Garnet Walch, ' Victoria in 1880,' P- 3°: "The ungainly musk-duck paddles ... 159: " That's a musk duck : the plumage is very sombre and loose loi so thick ..."

5. Chambers's Encyclopædia: A Dictionary of Universal Knowledge for the People (1878)
"One of them, the Napu of Java and Sumatra, has the smallest blood corpuscles of any known animal. musk duck (Cairina moschata), a species of musk duck ..."

6. Memorial Edition of Thomas Bewick's Works by Thomas Bewick, Austin Dobson (1885)
"These birds have obtained the name of musk duck, from their musky smell, which arises from the liquor secreted in the glands on the rump. ..."

7. Incidents of a Collector's Rambles in Australia, New Zealand, and New Guinea by Sherman Foote Denton (1889)
"... Industrious Chinese — A Good Collecting-Ground — The musk duck — Jumping Fishes — Migrating Crabs — Butterflies—Imported Blacks — More about the Natives ..."

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