poul·​try | \ ˈpōl-trē How to pronounce poultry (audio) \

Definition of poultry

: domesticated birds kept for eggs or meat

Examples of poultry in a Sentence

This wine goes well with poultry.
Recent Examples on the Web But Maria, who asked to be identified only by her first name because of employment concerns, feared something worse while slicing a steady stream of carcasses in mid-April at the Mountaire Farms poultry facility in Siler City, North Carolina. USA Today, "Cheap chicken, beef came at a cost. How American meat plants bred coronavirus hot spots.," 22 May 2020 The program will buy products such as fresh produce, meat and poultry from local farms across the country as early as next week, Lee said. Savannah Eadens, The Courier-Journal, "$1M from LEE Initiative to help farmers and restaurants rebuild after coronavirus closures," 18 May 2020 Federal and state public health researchers reported Friday, May 1, that at least 115 meat and poultry plants in 19 states have had been affected by the pandemic. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, "COVID-19 wallops meat plant workers; shortages hit shelves, fast food," 6 May 2020 The executive order means that the meat and poultry industries are considered critical infrastructure during the COVID-19 national emergency. Susan Selasky, Detroit Free Press, "Meat shortages: Costco temporarily limiting purchases at stores," 4 May 2020 On Tuesday, President Donald Trump signed an executive order giving the federal government broad powers to ensure that meat and poultry processing plants stay open. Author: Rachel Siegel, Andrew Van Dam, Anchorage Daily News, "3.8 million Americans sought jobless benefits last week, extending pandemic’s grip on the national workforce," 30 Apr. 2020 Ironically, at a time when some meat and poultry items could be facing shortages, agricultural producers are complaining about low prices. Joshua Bowling, azcentral, "Could Arizona grocers face potential shortages of beef, other meat?," 30 Apr. 2020 This pack contains 40 cans of adult wet cat food made with real meat, poultry or fish. Ryan Craggs, Houston Chronicle, "Amazon's best-selling pet supplies and accessories," 6 Apr. 2020 Cutting board: Remove mildew and clean up raw meat, poultry or fish with bacteria-killing bleach (never mix with ammonia or any other cleanser). oregonlive, "How to sanitize upholstery and home surfaces without damaging them in a coronavirus clean," 20 Mar. 2020

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First Known Use of poultry

14th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for poultry

Middle English pultrie, from Anglo-French pulletrie, from pulleter poulterer, from pullet chicken — more at pullet

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The first known use of poultry was in the 14th century

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25 May 2020

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“Poultry.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/poultry. Accessed 1 Jun. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of poultry

: birds (such as chickens and ducks) that are raised on farms for their eggs or meat
: meat from a bird


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Kids Definition of poultry

: birds (as chickens, turkeys, ducks, and geese) raised for their meat or eggs

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