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      n   pl   , duchies   the territory of a duke or duchess; dukedom  
     (C14: from Old French duche, from duc duke)  

Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster  
      n     (Brit)   a minister of the crown, nominally appointed as representative of the Queen (who is the Duke, not Duchess, of Lancaster), but in practice chiefly employed on parliamentary work determined by the prime minister  
grand duchy  
      n   the territory, state, or principality of a grand duke or grand duchess  
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