Definition of Bombay duck in English:

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Bombay duck

Pronunciation: /ˌbɒmbeɪˈdʌk/


[mass noun]
The bummalo (fish), especially when dried and eaten as an accompaniment to curries.
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.’


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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