Gallinaceous meaning

gălə-nāshəs
Of an order (Galliformes) of birds that nest on the ground, including turkeys, chickens, pheasants, and grouse.
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Of, belonging to, or characteristic of the order Galliformes, which includes poultry, pheasants, and grouse.
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(zoology) Related to the genus Gallus, poultry; notably said of the order Galliformes.
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Origin of gallinaceous

  • From Latin gallīnāceus of poultry from gallīna hen feminine of gallus cock gal- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Latin gallinaceus, from gallina 'hen', itself from gallus 'cock'

    From Wiktionary