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Muscovy

[muhs-kuh-vee] /ˈmʌs kə vi/
noun
1.
Also called Grand Duchy of Muscovy. a principality founded c1271 and centered on the ancient city of Moscow. Its rulers gradually gained control over the neighboring Great Russian principalities and established the Russian Empire under the czars.
2.
Archaic. Moscow.
3.
Archaic. Russia.
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British Dictionary definitions for Muscovy

Muscovy

/ˈmʌskəvɪ/
noun
1.
a Russian principality (13th to 16th centuries), of which Moscow was the capital
2.
an archaic name for Russia, Moscow
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Word Origin and History for Muscovy

from French Moscovie, from Modern Latin Moscovia, old name of Russia, from Russian Moskova "(Principality of) Moscow." In Muscovy duck (1650s) and certain other uses it is a corruption of musk. Related: Muscovite.

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Encyclopedia Article for Muscovy

medieval principality that, under the leadership of a branch of the Rurik dynasty, was transformed from a small settlement in the Rostov-Suzdal principality into the dominant political unit in northeastern Russia

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