from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • A historical region and former principality in west-central Russia. Centered on Moscow, it was founded c. 1280 and existed as a separate entity until the 1500s, when it was united with another principality to form the nucleus of the early Russian empire. The name was then used for the expanded territory.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A Muscovy duck or musk-duck. See duck, 1, and musk-duck, 1.

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  • proper noun The Russian territory around and ruled from Moscow by grand princes until it became the nucleus of a united Russia, which its dynasty ruled first as czars (kings) from Moscow, later as emperors from Saint Petersburg

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  • noun a Russian principality in the 13th to 16th centuries; Moscow was the capital


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  • Great (1462-1505) that Russia, -- now frequently called Muscovy from the fact that it had been reorganized with Moscow as a centre, -- after a terrible struggle, succeeded in freeing itself from the hateful Tartar domination, and began to assume the character of a well-consolidated monarchy.

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  • For this man, indeed, the reliques, the trappings, the minaret-crowned monuments, the barbaric chants and gold ornaments, all the thousand rich things that recalled Muscovy and the buried empire to him, and that he loved so dearly, were valuable chiefly because they were the emblems of the time that bore the happy present.

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  • Of the ornamental ducks the best known species is that with red wattles on its head and neck, which is generally called the Muscovy duck, but which is not, as its name imports, a native of Muscovy; for the name is a corruption of moschata or musk duck, in allusion to the peculiar smell of the creature.

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  • But to returne to the increase and mayneteynaunce of our shippes and shippmen; I say that this is not as the voyadge to Muscovy, which is open not paste foure monethes, but may be passed and repassed at our pleasure at all tymes of the yere, and so our maryners may be sett on worke all the yere longe.

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  • Among these may be observed the great musk duck, misnamed "Muscovy," and the black-necked swan; both indigenous to the

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  • We remembered the year the kids saw a cougar by the airport and the year the Muscovy duck made her nest under the condo's stairwell.

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  • We opted for pork schnitzel and Muscovy duck instead.

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  • The duck noodle soup (Muscovy duck, roasted peppers, $15) and the decadent lobster noodles (lobster, cod, sunchoke, hen of the woods mushrooms, $19) have been popular "mainstream" items so far, Mr. Bogner said.

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