Definition of Bombay duck in English:

Bombay duck

Line breaks: Bom¦bay duck
Pronunciation: /bɒmbeɪˈdʌk
 
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noun

[mass noun]
  • The bummalo (fish), especially when dried and eaten as an accompaniment to curries.
    More example sentences
    • He had chicken tikka masala and I had rogan josh with Bombay duck; instead of wine, we had beer.
    • Grey mullet and herring were also salted and dried, when they were known as bokkems, used like Bombay duck.
    • She also has a bad stomach (‘All that Bombay duck,’ she exclaims, ‘I can't have enough of it.’

Origin

mid 19th century: alteration of bummalo by association with Bombay (Mumbai) in India, from which bummalo were exported; the reason for the use of the term duck is unknown.

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