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.
(zoology) Related to the genus Gallus, poultry; notably said of the order Galliformes.
Origin of gallinaceous
From Latin gallīnāceusof poultryfromgallīnahenfeminine ofgalluscockgal- in Indo-European roots
American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
From Latin gallinaceus, from gallina 'hen', itself from gallus 'cock'
Gallinaceous Sentence Examples
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.
He had, however, the courage to act up to his own professions in collocating the rollers (Coracias) with the beeeaters (Merops), and had the sagacity to surmise that Menura was not a Gallinaceous bird.