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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