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guinea fowl

or guineafowl

noun
1.
any of several African, gallinaceous birds of the subfamily Numidinae, especially a common species, Numida meleagris, that has a bony casque on the head and dark gray plumage spotted with white and that is now domesticated and raised for its flesh and eggs.
Origin of guinea fowl
1645-1655
First recorded in 1645-55
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  • He mopped his brow and lumbered back to examine the body of the guinea fowl.

    Much Ado About Peter Jean Webster
  • No turkey-hen or guinea fowl could make a nest that cousin Csar could not find.

    Pen Pictures B. F. Craig
  • The guinea, or guinea fowl, is about the size of a small fowl.

    Our Domestic Birds John H. Robinson
  • I pray that your nightingale, Mr. Gay, be not really a guinea fowl.

    Madame Flirt Charles E. Pearce
  • Ducks waddle, geese strut, guinea fowl go trip-trip on feet too tiny.

    The Joys of Being a Woman Winifred Kirkland
  • From Tok-i-Tok we marched in a leisurely manner to a place whose name means in English "guinea fowl camp."

  • With guinea fowl, rolls of crisp bacon, hominy and stewed celery, currant jelly.

British Dictionary definitions for guinea fowl

guinea fowl

noun
1.
any gallinaceous bird, esp Numida meleagris, of the family Numididae of Africa and SW Asia, having a dark plumage mottled with white, a naked head and neck, and a heavy rounded body
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