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.

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Only water can be used to remove surface contamination from poultry in EU countries. BostonGlobe.com, "Stories you may have missed from the world of business," 9 Sep. 2019 Infected poultry is safe for consumption as long as it is thoroughly cooked. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Deadly bird virus detected in San Diego County as outbreak of virulent Newcastle disease continues," 1 Sep. 2019 The turkey, the sanctuary said, is relatively old for poultry raised to be eaten. Frank Witsil, Detroit Free Press, "Hobble, hobble! This Michigan turkey needs a custom wheelchair," 27 Aug. 2019 Salmonella is the kind of bacteria most people associate with raw poultry, and leads to about a million illnesses in the U.S. annually, according to the CDC. Erika Edwards, NBC News, "Washing raw chicken won't clean it, but it could make you sick," 20 Aug. 2019 There's no way that demand for deep-fried poultry on a brioche bun could ever been high enough to have that kind of impact. Justin L. Mack, Indianapolis Star, "If you're trying to get a Popeyes chicken sandwich in Indianapolis, good luck," 20 Aug. 2019 The agency also provided an update on a different salmonella outbreak that has been linked to contact with backyard poultry. Kelli Bender, PEOPLE.com, "CDC Links Multi-State Salmonella Outbreak that Has Hospitalized 20 to Pig Ear Dog Treats," 25 July 2019 Since 2000, more than 75 outbreaks have been linked to backyard poultry, the CDC said. Theresa Waldrop, CNN, "Backyard chickens and these pig ear dog treats are still making people sick, the CDC says," 19 July 2019 That appropriate temperature is 165 degrees Fahrenheit for all poultry, according to FoodSafety.gov. Cassie Shortsleeve, SELF, "Should You Be Washing Chicken Before You Cook It?," 10 Apr. 2019

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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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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


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

Kids Definition of poultry

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

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