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guinea fowl

or guineafowl

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
1645-55 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the Web for guinea-fowl
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  • Birds in their opinion are hardly worth eating, guinea-fowl excepted.

    Aletta Bertram Mitford
  • First, they fell in with some large flocks of guinea-fowl, and shot a few for dinner.

    Black Ivory R.M. Ballantyne
  • He no more sit on de water dan a guinea-fowl, or a ole hen ob de dunghill.

    The Ocean Waifs Mayne Reid
  • Will you come with me and shoot some guinea-fowl, Miss Fraser?

    Tom Gerrard Louis Becke
  • We traveled slowly in the dense jungle, now and then frightening a guinea-fowl.

    Lost in the Jungle Paul Du Chaillu
  • I saw no end of guinea-fowl, but did not fire, being on the look-out for larger game.

    Sport in Abyssinia Dermot Mayo
  • Three guinea-fowl and a brace of red koorhaan, also three brace of partridges, were slung across the pack-horse.

    Renshaw Fanning's Quest Bertram Mitford
  • The guinea-fowl was considered delicious; but, wretched people!

    Curiosities of Medical Experience J. G. (John Gideon) Millingen
  • Or the tukkiyim may have been guinea-fowl—a bird of the same class with the peacock.

    History of Phoenicia George Rawlinson
  • "Yes, to shoot them like guinea-fowl;" and he laughed again.

British Dictionary definitions for guinea-fowl

guinea fowl

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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