[ gal-uh-ney-shuh s ]
/ ˌgæl əˈneɪ ʃəs /


pertaining to or resembling the domestic fowls.
belonging or pertaining to the order Galliformes, comprising medium-sized, mainly ground-feeding domestic or game birds, as the chicken, turkey, grouse, pheasant, and partridge.

Origin of gallinaceous

1775–85; < Latin gallīnāceus pertaining to poultry, equivalent to gallīn(a) hen (derivative of gallus cock) + -āceus -aceous Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for gallinaceous


/ (ˌɡælɪˈneɪʃəs) /


of, relating to, or belonging to the Galliformes, an order of birds, including domestic fowl, pheasants, grouse, etc, having a heavy rounded body, short bill, and strong legs
of, relating to, or resembling the domestic fowl

Word Origin for gallinaceous

C18: from Latin gallīnāceus, from gallīna hen
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Word Origin and History for gallinaceous



"of or resembling domestic fowl," 1783, from Latin gallinaceus, from gallina "hen," from gallus "cock," perhaps a loan-word from a language of Asia Minor.

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