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[pohl-tree] /ˈpoʊl tri/
domesticated fowl collectively, especially those valued for their meat and eggs, as chickens, turkeys, ducks, geese, and guinea fowl.
Origin of poultry
1350-1400; Middle English pulletrie < Middle French pouleterie. See pullet, -ery
Related forms
poultryless, adjective
poultrylike, adjective
Can be confused
paltry, poultry. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for poultry
  • Flu viruses that rain into this sea of poultry in wild-bird droppings can spread and swap genes with abandon.
  • Given the size of the poultry business worldwide, a pandemic among birds would be bad enough news.
  • Many meat and poultry products probably carry drug-resistant bacteria before cooking.
  • poultry burgers have a reputation for being dry and bland.
  • Nowadays, sugar is mixed with corn syrup to make the fluffy guts of these puffy poultry.
  • The poultry will be delivered in one to three hours.
  • The virus is believed capable of surviving for years in deep-frozen poultry but can be killed by cooking the meat thoroughly.
  • To do this, the service asks that day-old poultry be shipped early in the week.
  • The water splashing off of poultry can toss bacteria around your entire food preparation area.
  • poultry droppings are another possibility if you have straw or sawdust to mix with it.
British Dictionary definitions for poultry


domestic fowls collectively
Word Origin
C14: from Old French pouletrie, from pouletier poultry-dealer
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Word Origin and History for poultry

"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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