domesticated fowl collectively, especially those valued for their meat and eggs, as chickens, turkeys, ducks, geese, and guinea fowl.

1350–1400; Middle English pulletrie < Middle French pouleterie. See pullet, -ery

poultryless, adjective
poultrylike, adjective

paltry, poultry.
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poultry (ˈpəʊltrɪ)
domestic fowls collectively
[C14: from Old French pouletrie, from pouletier poultry-dealer]

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Word Origin & History

mid-14c., from O.Fr. pouletrie "domestic fowl" (late 13c.), from poulet "young fowl" (see pullet). Poulterer (1630s) is a redundancy, but has largely ousted original poulter (c.1400), from O.Fr. pouletier "poulterer," with agent suffix -er. Poetic poulter's measure (1570s) is of fanciful origin.
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in animal husbandry, birds raised commercially or domestically for meat, eggs, and feathers. Chickens, ducks, turkeys, and geese are of primary commercial importance, while guinea fowl and squabs are chiefly of local interest

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