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gallinaceous

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adjective gal·li·na·ceous \ˌga-lə-ˈnā-shəs\

Definition of gallinaceous

  1. :  of or relating to an order (Galliformes) of heavy-bodied largely terrestrial birds including the pheasants, turkeys, grouse, and the common domestic chicken



Origin and Etymology of gallinaceous

Latin gallinaceus of domestic fowl, from gallina hen, from gallus cock


First Known Use: 1693


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