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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Examples of guinea fowl in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Avian influenza most commonly infects chickens, turkeys, pheasants, quail, ducks, geese and guinea fowl, and is often spread by wild ducks, geese and shorebirds. Stefene Russell, The Salt Lake Tribune, 18 Apr. 2022 The company was founded in 1966 by a pair of duck-breeding brothers and their wives who grew the business by maintaining the genetics for niche kinds of meat, such as ducks, rabbits, guinea fowl and pigeons. Chloe Sorvino, Forbes, 26 Jan. 2022 Madison Carson has broken 124 turkey, chicken and guinea fowl legs in her parents’ garage in the name of science. oregonlive, 11 Jan. 2022 Entrees include multiple game dishes like guinea fowl, venison and squab. Christina Tkacik,, 5 Nov. 2021 Since then, the farm has been home to dozens of goats, cows, guinea fowl and chickens. Dallas News, 20 Apr. 2021 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, 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, 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, 9 Jan. 2020 See More

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First Known Use of guinea fowl

1749, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of guinea fowl was in 1749

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26 Apr 2022

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“Guinea fowl.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 May. 2022.

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Kids Definition of guinea fowl

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

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