guinea fowl


Definition of guinea fowl

: an African bird (Numida meleagris) related to the pheasants, raised for food in many parts of the world, and marked by a bare neck and head and slaty plumage speckled with white broadly : any of several related birds

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Recent Examples on the Web During the Ottoman Empire, guinea fowl were exported from East Africa via Turkey to Europe, and Europeans started calling the birds turkey-cocks or turkey-hens due to the trade route. Kelly Allen, House Beautiful, "18 Thanksgiving Facts You'll Want to Tell Everyone You Know," 28 Oct. 2020 During the reign of the Ottoman Empire, a bird called the guinea fowl — which bears a striking resemblance to the American turkey — was imported to Europe from its native North Africa. Taylor Murphy, Good Housekeeping, "25 Best Thanksgiving Trivia Facts to Impress Your Friends This Holiday," 22 July 2020 Puffins have been observed using tools, and vulturine guinea fowls in Kenya have been found to display complex social behavior more typically found in mammals. Katie Hunt, CNN, "It's not just humans and apes who help each other. Parrots do too," 9 Jan. 2020 To add to the madcapness, the capitaine will release a chicken or guinea fowl for a game of catch-and-release. Washington Post, "Get crowds off your calendar in 2020," 2 Jan. 2020 Tracking the vulturine guinea fowl took place at the Mpala Research Centre and Wildlife Foundation in Laikipia District, central Kenya. Katie Hunt, CNN, "These birds may have more friends than you," 4 Nov. 2019 Vulturine guinea fowl move in highly cohesive groups. Katie Hunt, CNN, "These birds may have more friends than you," 4 Nov. 2019 These guinea fowls were born from Heidi’s childhood memories of real hens wandering about the garden in her family’s home. Elizabeth Pash, House Beautiful, "I Cannot Stop Talking About These French Ceramic Hens," 26 July 2019 During an inspection on July 17, the agriculture department found about 2,000 poultry including chickens, ducks, quail, guinea fowl and pigeons confined in cages, as well as about 30 rabbits, three sheep and three kid goats, according to a report. Abigail Brone,, "Bloomfield butcher shop cleared to reopen after cow escaped and was killed in Home Depot parking lot," 26 July 2019

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First Known Use of guinea fowl

1749, in the meaning defined above

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“Guinea fowl.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Mar. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of guinea fowl

: a gray-and-white spotted bird that is commonly raised for food

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Kids Definition of guinea fowl

: a dark gray African bird that is sometimes raised for food

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