gallinaceous

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

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

Origin and Etymology of 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 1call


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