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 Meat and poultry markets in Miami-Dade and Palm Beach counties, however, did not experience a similar boost. Ron Hurtibise, sun-sentinel.com, "When we shut down: How the pandemic changed the way South Florida does business," 6 Sep. 2020 Other commodities, including meat and poultry, experienced supply scares in the spring as producers closed plants. Andrew Stuttaford, National Review, "The Capital Note: Dollars & Lumber," 1 Sep. 2020 Backyard poultry flocks have become increasingly popular in recent years among Americans eager for fresh eggs and an unusual hobby. CBS News, "Thousands of chicks shipped to farmers using the U.S. Postal Service arrive dead," 20 Aug. 2020 Today, more than 39,000 meat and poultry workers have tested positive for COVID-19, and at least 170 have died, ProPublica has found. Michael Grabell, ProPublica, "Meatpacking Companies Dismissed Years of Warnings but Now Say Nobody Could Have Prepared for COVID-19," 20 Aug. 2020 Nathan is an agricultural instructor and the student activities coordinator, as well as playing a key role in the research and development aspects of the demonstration farm, especially in the areas of poultry and swine. Melissa Whatley, baltimoresun.com, "Glenns transport agricultural know-how from Epworth UMC to Liberia," 1 Sep. 2020 Meat, poultry, seafood, eggs, soft cheeses, shredded cheeses, and milk should all be tossed if their temperature is at 40 degrees Fahrenheit or above for more than two hours, according to FoodSafety.gov. Jennifer Aldrich, Better Homes & Gardens, "Here's How Long the Food in Your Refrigerator and Freezer Lasts After the Power Goes Out," 24 Aug. 2020 Today, millions of pounds of live poultry get sent via the mail each year, according to the Extension, although exact numbers are not available and representatives from the Postal Service did not respond to requests for comment. Washington Post, "Chicks, cockroaches, crickets and frogs: How mail delays are affecting the live animal trade," 22 Aug. 2020 But there are also shears that are designed for more specialized and specific tasks, such as cutting through the skin and bones of poultry. Popular Science, "The most reliable and versatile kitchen shears for the busy kitchen," 14 Aug. 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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16 Sep 2020

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“Poultry.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/poultry. Accessed 26 Sep. 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


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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