- any of several East Indian, gallinaceous birds of the genus Gallus, as G. gallus (red jungle fowl) believed to be the ancestor of the domestic fowl.
Origin of jungle fowl
First recorded in 1815–25
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Examples from the Web for jungle fowl
"No; those are jungle-fowl," whispered the Political Officer.The Jungle Girl
This must not lead the observer to think that jungle-fowl spend most of their time in sprinting across roads.
This important family includes the pea- and the jungle-fowl and the various pheasants.
The gametic formula of this race proves to be CjnwX—the Jungle-fowl pattern being absent.
Hence the red appears in greatly reduced amount, as compared with the Jungle-fowl.
- any small gallinaceous bird of the genus Gallus, of S and SE Asia, the males of which have an arched tail and a combed and wattled head: family Phasianidae (pheasants). G. gallus (red jungle fowl) is thought to be the ancestor of the domestic fowl
- Australian any of several megapodes, esp Megapodius freycinet
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