jungle fowl

jungle fowl


Definition of JUNGLE FOWL

:  any of several Asian wild birds (genus Gallus) related to the pheasants; especially :  a bird (G. gallus) of southeastern Asia from which domestic chickens have probably descended

First Known Use of JUNGLE FOWL

circa 1825

jungle fowl

noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Any of four species of Asian birds (genus Gallus) that differ from other species in the pheasant family in having, in the male, a fleshy comb, lobed wattles hanging below the bill, and a high-arched tail. The red jungle fowl is the ancestor of the chicken. The cock has shining silky plumage, red on the head and back and green-black elsewhere; the hen is rusty brown with speckled neck and minimal comb.


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