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 Duchesne (2 syl.).Duck. 
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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
Duchess.
 
The wife or widow of a duke; but an old woman is often jocosely termed an old duchess or a regular old duchess. The longevity of the peers and peeresses is certainly very striking.   1
 


 Duchesne (2 syl.).Duck. 

 
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