pul·​let | \ ˈpu̇-lət How to pronounce pullet (audio) \

Definition of pullet

: a young hen specifically : a hen of the domestic chicken less than a year old

Examples of pullet in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Under the investments announced last week, Cal-Maine will build four new cage-free hen houses and convert two pullet houses in Utah for a total capacity of 810,000 cage-free layer hens. Kristin Broughton, WSJ, 4 Apr. 2022 In 2018, a fire destroyed a pullet barn at the facility. Columbus Dispatch, Cincinnati.com, 21 Apr. 2020 Crystal Cahill of Great Meadows, New Jersey, twice took advantage of that sort of deal after buying what she was told were four 7-week-old pullets in November. Author: Karin Brulliard, Anchorage Daily News, 19 June 2018 The farm owner again offered her two pullets in exchange, but Cahill couldn't part with the bird. Author: Karin Brulliard, Anchorage Daily News, 19 June 2018 A disease outbreak in a barn full of breeding stock — that’s about 36,000 pullets and 4,000 roosters — would be devastating to the company. ‘ Mychel Matthews, idahostatesman, 11 June 2017

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First Known Use of pullet

14th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for pullet

Middle English polet, from Anglo-French pullet young bird, chicken, diminutive of pulle, poule young animal, from Late Latin pullus, from Latin, young animal, chicken, sprout — more at foal

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“Pullet.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pullet. Accessed 21 May. 2022.

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pul·​let | \ ˈpu̇-lət How to pronounce pullet (audio) \

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: a young hen

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