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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Rather, the golden crisp-skinned poultry ($8.70/4-pc. dinner) shatters to the bite and is more reminiscent of the supper club or homestyle Sunday dinner fried chicken. Michael Nagrant, RedEye Chicago, "A guide to eating your way through Chicago's South Side," 6 July 2017 This sauce works with just about everything including beef, pork, poultry and vegetables. Allison Barrie, Fox News, "Top patriotic BBQ gear for July 4," 3 July 2018 Fruits and vegetables should be stored separately from raw meats, poultry, and seafood, which also have a higher risk of contamination. Amanda Macmillan, Health.com, "What Is Cyclospora? Parasite Linked to Del Monte Vegetables Has Sickened More Than 200," 10 July 2018 Here in Beijing, in response to the U.S. tariffs, border officers here could receive the order as early as midnight to slap new taxes on hundreds of U.S. products, including pork, poultry, soybeans and corn. Danielle Paquette, Emily Rauhala, Anchorage Daily News, "Trade war set to escalate as Fed warns of economic hit," 6 July 2018 Choose heart-healthy protein sources like cottage cheese, yogurt, fatty fish, poultry, and whole eggs. Carly Graf, Outside Online, "The Foods You Should Be Eating at Every Age," 28 June 2018 Perdue’s Bruce Stewart-Brown believes better animal welfare also means better quality meat, a view not held universally in the poultry industry. Greg Trotter, chicagotribune.com, "Debate over McDonald's chicken welfare policy shows how restaurant chains shape U.S. food production," 25 Mar. 2018 Avian cholera, Derrer exlained, does not pose much of a threat to the commercial poultry industry, unlike the avian flu that several years ago caused an outbreak that led to international exports being temporarily shut down. Emily Hopkins, Indianapolis Star, "Hunters, beware: Avian cholera detected in Indiana," 26 Jan. 2018 This soft, watery blend of different ingredients often contains foods like meat, cereals, poultry and trout pellets, and shrimp, according to the Handbook of Avian Medicine. National Geographic, "What Does It Take to Raise a Flamingo?," 25 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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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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