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Associated with the verb sense of root (n.). Extended sense of “poke about, pry” first recorded 1831. Phrase root hog or die “work or fail” first attested 1834, American English (in works of Davey Crockett, who noted it as an “old saying”). The duck is mentioned by the hero of Nathaniel Hawthorne’s short story “The Artist of the Beautiful”, and is referenced and discussed in John Twelve Hawks’ novel “Spark”. In Thomas Pynchon’s historical novel Mason Dixon, Vaucanson’s duck attains consciousness and pursues an exiled Parisian chef across the United States. The duck is referred to in Peter Carey’s novel, The Chemistry of Tears. Vaucanson and his duck are referred to in Lawrence Norfolk’s 1991 novel Lempriere’s Dictionary.
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