Gallinaceous Gal`li*na"ceous, a.[L. gallinaceus, fr. gallina hen, fr. gallus cock.] (Zo["o]l.) Resembling the domestic fowls and pheasants; of or pertaining to the Gallinae. [1913 Webster]

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  • gallinaceous — of or resembling domestic fowl, 1783, from L. gallinaceus, from gallina hen, from gallus cock, perhaps a loan word from a language of Asia Minor …   Etymology dictionary

  • gallinaceous — [gal΄i nā′shəs] adj. [L gallinaceus < gallina, hen < gallus, a cock] of an order (Galliformes) of birds that nest on the ground, including turkeys, chickens, pheasants, and grouse …   English World dictionary

  • Gallinaceous birds — are heavy bodied ground feeding domestic or game birds, including grouse, ptarmigans, turkeys, pheasants, quail, partridges, fowl, chachalacas, and curassows – all in the order Galliformes. This order contains four families: family Tetraonidae… …   Wikipedia

  • gallinaceous — adjective Etymology: Latin gallinaceus of domestic fowl, from gallina hen, from gallus cock Date: 1693 of or relating to an order (Galliformes) of heavy bodied largely terrestrial birds including the pheasants, turkeys, grouse, and the common… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • gallinaceous — /gal euh nay sheuhs/, adj. 1. pertaining to or resembling the domestic fowls. 2. belonging or pertaining to the order Galliformes, comprising medium sized, mainly ground feeding domestic or game birds, as the chicken, turkey, grouse, pheasant,… …   Universalium

  • gallinaceous — noun related to the genus galina, poultry; notably said of the order Galliformes …   Wiktionary

  • gallinaceous — Pertaining to the order Galliformes. [L. gallinaceus, fr. gallina, a hen] …   Medical dictionary

  • gallinaceous — gal·li·na·ceous || ‚gælɪ neɪʃəs adj. of or pertaining to domestic birds (chickens, turkeys, etc.) …   English contemporary dictionary

  • gallinaceous — [ˌgalɪ neɪʃəs] adjective relating to or denoting birds of an order (Galliformes) which includes domestic poultry and game birds. Origin C18: from L. gallinaceus (from gallina hen ) + ous …   English new terms dictionary

  • gallinaceous — gal·li·na·ceous …   English syllables

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