gallinaceous

adjective
gal·​li·​na·​ceous | \ ˌga-lə-ˈnā-shəs How to pronounce gallinaceous (audio) \

Definition of gallinaceous

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

First Known Use of gallinaceous

1693, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for gallinaceous

borrowed from Latin gallīnāceus "of domestic fowl," from gallīna "hen" (from gallus "cock" —perhaps going back to an onomatopoeic base *gal-, seen also in Celtic, Germanic, and Slavic— + īna, feminine noun suffix) + -āceous -aceous — more at call entry 1

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“Gallinaceous.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/gallinaceous. Accessed 21 Sep. 2020.

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