One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
The bummalo (fish), especially when dried and eaten as an accompaniment to curries.
- ‘Before the ban, Britons ate 13 tons Bombay duck annually.’
- ‘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.’’
- ‘He had chicken tikka masala and I had rogan josh with Bombay duck; instead of wine, we had beer.’
- ‘Just as a Bombay duck is a type of curried fish and a Yarmouth capon is a herring, so a Welsh rabbit is a meagre substitute for the real thing.’
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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