- pertaining to or resembling the domestic fowls.
- belonging or pertaining to the order Galliformes, comprising medium-sized, mainly ground-feeding domestic or game birds, as the chicken, turkey, grouse, pheasant, and partridge.
- of, relating to, or belonging to the Galliformes, an order of birds, including domestic fowl, pheasants, grouse, etc, having a heavy rounded body, short bill, and strong legs
- of, relating to, or resembling the domestic fowl
“of or resembling domestic fowl,” 1783, from Latin gallinaceus, from gallina “hen,” from gallus “cock,” perhaps a loan-word from a language of Asia Minor.