one of a French breed of chickens having a V -shaped comb, five toes, and mottled or black plumage.

1870–75; after Houdan, village near Paris where these hens were bred

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Houdan (ˈhuːdæn)
a breed of light domestic fowl originally from France, with a distinctive full crest
[C19: named after Houdan, village near Paris where the breed originated]

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