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.
- GUINEA FOWL, a well-known domestic gallinaceous bird, so called from the country whence in modern times it was brought to Europe, the Meleagris and Avis or Gallina Numidica of ancient authors.'
- " 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.