poul·​try | \ˈpōl-trē \

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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Canada uses what’s called a supply management system for dairy (and eggs and poultry), which closely regulates how much of each product can be produced and places strict tariffs and quotas on those items when they’re shipped into the country. Jen Kirby, Vox, "The three countries signed the deal at the G20 on Friday.," 30 Nov. 2018 Humans are typically infected with Campylobacter bacteria by eating raw or undercooked poultry, or drinking water or eating other foods contaminated with the bacteria. Madeline Farber, Fox News, "Puppies linked to 'multidrug-resistant' infection, CDC says," 27 Sep. 2018 Keep all raw meats, poultry and seafood separated from ready-to-eat foods such as fruits, vegetables, cheese and desserts. Mari A. Schaefer, Philly.com, "Sun and food safety tips for the Fourth of July," 3 July 2018 The senators are from states where poultry is a multi-billion dollar industry. Richard Lardner, The Seattle Times, "US, South African farmers cry fowl over Trump metal tariffs," 16 Oct. 2018 The people and companies involved in raising poultry for food share the public's concern. CBS News, "Natalie Portman documentary "Eating Animals" explores rise of so-called factory farming," 15 June 2018 His father was a truck driver who delivered Dinah's poultry and was good friends with the lead cook, who has worked there for nearly 40 years. Alejandra Reyes-velarde, latimes.com, "After more than 50 years, Dinah’s Chicken remains a Glendale icon," 26 May 2018 Meanwhile, the carbon count of domesticated poultry grew to three times higher than that of every species of wild bird combined. The Economist, "A planetary census puts humans in their place," 24 May 2018 Canada’s government runs a supply management system that controls the nation’s dairy, egg and poultry output. NBC News, "Best advice to U.S. dairy farmers? 'Sell out as fast as you can'," 30 June 2018

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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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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 \

Kids Definition of poultry

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

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