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guinea fowl

or guineafowl

noun
1.
any of several African, gallinaceous birds of the subfamily Numidinae, especially a common species, Numida meleagris, that has a bony casque on the head and dark gray plumage spotted with white and that is now domesticated and raised for its flesh and eggs.
Origin of guinea fowl
1645-1655
1645-55
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  • Along the railway may be seen the secretary bird, guinea fowl and also handsome cranes.

  • With guinea fowl, rolls of crisp bacon, hominy and stewed celery, currant jelly.

  • Yet one other case was that of an officer who met a leopardess with cubs in the bush when out after guinea fowl.

    Sketches of the East Africa Campaign Robert Valentine Dolbey
  • The pigeon is as large as a sea-gull, but in color is like the guinea fowl—spotted white and black—but of much brighter color.

  • Ducks waddle, geese strut, guinea fowl go trip-trip on feet too tiny.

    The Joys of Being a Woman Winifred Kirkland
  • So the gennet sat down and waited, and presently a guinea fowl came along and asked the man what he was doing.

  • Before him lay a feast fit for a king, a guinea fowl baked in clay among the coals.

    The Rope of Gold Roy J. Snell
British Dictionary definitions for guinea fowl

guinea fowl

noun
1.
any gallinaceous bird, esp Numida meleagris, of the family Numididae of Africa and SW Asia, having a dark plumage mottled with white, a naked head and neck, and a heavy rounded body
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