gallinaceous

adjective

gal·​li·​na·​ceous ˌga-lə-ˈnā-shəs How to pronounce gallinaceous (audio)
: of or relating to an order (Galliformes) of heavy-bodied largely terrestrial birds including the pheasants, turkeys, grouse, and the common domestic chicken

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web This gallinaceous volume — possibly his 32nd, who can keep count? — includes a gallery of his paintings of chickens, anecdotes from his remarkable life and recipes that are more story than instruction. Karen Heller, Washington Post, 1 Oct. 2022

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Word History

Etymology

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

First Known Use

1693, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of gallinaceous was in 1693

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Cite this Entry

“Gallinaceous.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/gallinaceous. Accessed 9 Dec. 2022.

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