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poultry

[pohl-tree] /ˈpoʊl tri/
noun
1.
domesticated fowl collectively, especially those valued for their meat and eggs, as chickens, turkeys, ducks, geese, and guinea fowl.
Origin
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English pulletrie < Middle French pouleterie. See pullet, -ery
Related forms
poultryless, adjective
poultrylike, adjective
Can be confused
paltry, poultry.
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British Dictionary definitions for poultries

poultry

/ˈpəʊltrɪ/
noun
1.
domestic fowls collectively
Word Origin
C14: from Old French pouletrie, from pouletier poultry-dealer
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Word Origin and History for poultries

poultry

n.

"domestic fowls," late 14c. (mid-14c. as "place where poultry is sold"), from Old French pouletrie "domestic fowl" (late 13c.), from pouletier "dealer in domestic fowl," from poulet "young fowl" (see pullet).

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Encyclopedia Article for poultries

poultry

in animal husbandry, birds raised commercially or domestically for meat, eggs, and feathers. Chickens, ducks, turkeys, and geese are of primary commercial importance, while guinea fowl and squabs are chiefly of local interest

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