Bombay duck

Bombay duck

noun
1.
a small lizardfish, Harpadon nehereus, inhabiting river mouths and estuaries of Asia.
2.
(in India) the flesh of this fish, impregnated with asafetida, dried, salted, and used as a condiment or relish, especially with curry.
Also called bummalo.


Origin:
1665–75

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Bombay duck
 
n
Also called: bummalo a teleost fish, Harpodon nehereus, that resembles and is related to the lizard fishes: family Harpodontidae. It is eaten dried with curry dishes as a savoury
 
[C19: changed from bombil (see bummalo) through association with Bombay (now Mumbai), from which it was exported]

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