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A historical region and former principality in west-central Russia. Centered on Moscow, it was founded c. 1280 and existed as a separate entity until the 1500s, when it was united with another principality to form the nucleus of the early Russian empire. The name was then used for the expanded territory.


1. (Placename) a Russian principality (13th to 16th centuries), of which Moscow was the capital
2. (Placename) an archaic name for Russia, Moscow


(ˈmʌs kə vi)

1. Also called Grand Duchy of Muscovy. a principality founded c1271 and centered on Moscow: 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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Noun1.Muscovy - a Russian principality in the 13th to 16th centuriesMuscovy - a Russian principality in the 13th to 16th centuries; Moscow was the capital
Russia - a former empire in eastern Europe and northern Asia created in the 14th century with Moscow as the capital; powerful in the 17th and 18th centuries under Peter the Great and Catherine the Great when Saint Petersburg was the capital; overthrown by revolution in 1917


n (Hist) → Moskauer Staat m
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In short, he told us there was a great caravan of Muscovite and Polish merchants in the city, preparing to set out on their journey by land to Muscovy, within four or five weeks; and he was sure we would take the opportunity to go with them, and leave him behind, to go back alone.
We told him we believed it was so, and therefore we had resolved to do something for him that should let him see how sensible we were of the service he had done us, and also how agreeable he was to us: and then I told him what we had resolved to give him here, which he might lay out as we would do our own; and that as for his charges, if he would go with us we would set him safe on shore (life and casualties excepted), either in Muscovy or England, as he would choose, at our own charge, except only the carriage of his goods.
For him it was no new conviction that his presence in any part of the world, from Africa to the steppes of Muscovy alike, was enough to dumfound people and impel them to insane self-oblivion.
In the tormented era of Trump, a dominant theme has been the threats of ancient Muscovy.
A special forum discusses the art and imagery of Muscovy, which was far richer in image production than in the manufacturing of textual sources.
Villagers rang the RSPCA concerned that a Muscovy duck seen cowering beneath a bridge was being bullied by other birds.
The tiny Muscovy ducklings were being shown round the zoo by Angela Melia, aged 19, and Eileen Simkiss, 16.
Caption: Michael Stoddard welcomes a new Muscovy duck.
The book efficiently explains the causes behind Jenkinson's Odysseys (chiefly the desire of England's newly founded Muscovy Company to seek out new markets) and it's great fun to read about Jenkinson sailing down the Volga, traversing the Caspian Sea, and trudging through the Kara Kum desert all the way to Bukhara.
Specialists on Muscovy or witch hunts will learn much from Desperate Magic.
Muscovy at first tried to use these disagreements to extend its dominion over Cossackdom.
Greater numbers of ibises in urban parks also puts them contact with animals they wouldn't normally meet in natural environments, like muscovy and mallard ducks, gulls and other common city birds, all reservoirs of diseases for birds.