gallinaceous


gallinaceous

adjective

  1. pertaining to or resembling the domestic fowls.
  2. 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.

adjective

  1. 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
  2. of, relating to, or resembling the domestic fowl
adj.

“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.

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