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poultry

[pohl-tree] /ˈpoʊl tri/
noun
1.
domesticated fowl collectively, especially those valued for their meat and eggs, as chickens, turkeys, ducks, geese, and guinea fowl.
Origin
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English pulletrie < Middle French pouleterie. See pullet, -ery
Related forms
poultryless, adjective
poultrylike, adjective
Can be confused
paltry, poultry.
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Examples 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

poultry

/ˈpəʊltrɪ/
noun
1.
domestic fowls collectively
Word Origin
C14: from Old French pouletrie, from pouletier poultry-dealer
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Word Origin and History for poultry
n.

"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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Encyclopedia Article for poultry

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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