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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The average American is slated to eat 222.2 pounds of red meat and poultry this year, the report found, making 2018 the biggest year for meat consumption since 2004. Gaby Del Valle, Vox, "The owner of a Maine lobster pound is sedating her lobsters with marijuana before killing them.," 19 Sep. 2018 Items for sale include raw honey, fruit spreads, olive oil, meats and poultry. Michael Candelaria, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Ocoee Neighborhood Guide," 21 June 2018 Nuts, seeds and legumes (beans, peas, lentils and soybeans) are great alternatives to meat and poultry. Maria Conley, Detroit Free Press, "Inflammation and your diet: What’s the connection?," 4 June 2018 Avoid Cross-Contamination Never put cooked food back on a platter used to transport raw meat, poultry or fish. Adam Ried, BostonGlobe.com, "Everything you need to know about using a charcoal grill," 29 June 2018 Store fresh vegetables and fruits in a crisper drawers away from other foods, especially meats, poultry and seafood. Ann Maloney, NOLA.com, "Will washing produce protect us from E. coli? No, experts says," 24 Apr. 2018 Fillings run the gamut from a wintry mix of venison and pickled walnuts to summer simmers of poultry and herbs. Jay Cheshes, WSJ, "Where to Find London’s Premium Pies," 23 Jan. 2019 Researchers put in the genetic sequence of a Salmonella sample linked to a turkey pot pie outbreak, and the program spat back out the correct ID: poultry. Rachel Becker, The Verge, "Machine learning could help figure out what pooped on your produce," 12 Dec. 2018 In addition to buying Iranian natural gas, Iraq is one of Iran’s top non-oil export markets, with a trade volume of $9 billion, mostly in agricultural products, foodstuffs, fruit, poultry and construction materials. Isabel Coles, WSJ, "Iran Works to Keep Iraq Open for Business," 15 Jan. 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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