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gallinaceous

[gal-uh-ney-shuh s] /ˌgæl əˈneɪ ʃəs/
adjective
1.
pertaining to or resembling the domestic fowls.
2.
belonging or pertaining to the order Galliformes, comprising medium-sized, mainly ground-feeding domestic or game birds, as the chicken, turkey, grouse, pheasant, and partridge.
Origin
1775-1785
1775-85; < Latin gallīnāceus pertaining to poultry, equivalent to gallīn(a) hen (derivative of gallus cock) + -āceus -aceous
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British Dictionary definitions for gallinaceous

gallinaceous

/ˌɡælɪˈneɪʃəs/
adjective
1.
of, relating to, or belonging to the Galliformes, an order of birds, including domestic fowl, pheasants, grouse, etc, having a heavy rounded body, short bill, and strong legs
2.
of, relating to, or resembling the domestic fowl
Word Origin
C18: from Latin gallīnāceus, from gallīna hen
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