Origin of gallinaceousClassical Latin gallinaceus from gallina, hen from gallus, a cock
of an order (Galliformes) of birds that nest on the ground, including turkeys, chickens, pheasants, and grouse
Of, belonging to, or characteristic of the order Galliformes, which includes poultry, pheasants, and grouse.
Origin of gallinaceousFrom Latin gallīnāceus of poultry from gallīna hen feminine of gallus cock ; see gal- in Indo-European roots.
(comparative more gallinaceous, superlative most gallinaceous)
- The gallinaceous birds are represented by a quail, Coturnix novae zealandiae, now exterminated.
- Elliot, Gallinaceous Game Birds of North America (New York, 1897) and Wild Fowl of the United States and British Possessions (1898), and Robert Ridgway's learned and invaluable Birds of North and Middle America, published by the Smithsonian Institution, Bull.
- " Osteology of Gallinaceous Birds," T.Z.S., v., 1863; " Rhinochetus," ibid.
- But indications of such a syrinx occur also in Pittidae, pigeons and gallinaceous birds (Gallidae), the last cases being clearly analogous.
- Gallinaceous birds, storkand crane-like waders, rails, birds of prey, cormorants, &c. Especially numerous bones have been found in the Paris basin, chiefly described by G.