jungle fowl

noun

Definition of jungle fowl

: any of several Asian wild birds (genus Gallus) related to the pheasants especially : a bird (G. gallus) of southeastern Asia from which domestic chickens have probably descended

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Recent Examples on the Web But many wondered how red jungle fowl—known to be chickens' wild ancestors—could suddenly appear more than 1,000 miles from their native range in Southeast Asia. Rachel Nuwer, Scientific American, "Earliest ‘Chickens’ Were Actually Pheasants," 26 May 2020 Based on genetic studies, the chicken is thought to have been domesticated from a descendant of three or four species of jungle fowl (Gallus) from Southeast and South Asia. Quanta Magazine, "Solution: ‘Is It Turtles All the Way Down?’," 27 Mar. 2020 Most researchers believe that Gallus gallus, the red jungle fowl, was first domesticated in East or Southeast Asia. Gemma Tarlach, Discover Magazine, "20 Things You Didn't Know About ... Animal Domestication," 7 Sep. 2017 The first chickens, Asian jungle fowl, were domesticated some 6,000 years ago. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "Did Peckish Christians Make Chickens More Social?," 15 May 2017

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circa 1825, in the meaning defined above

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“Jungle fowl.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/jungle%20fowl. Accessed 26 Oct. 2020.

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