- 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
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Examples from the Web for gallinaceous
The Himalayas are the home of many species of gallinaceous birds.Birds of the Indian Hills
Birds of the most brilliant plumage are to be found among the Gallinaceous tribe.Reptiles and Birds
Among the gallinaceous birds there does not appear to be much music.The Speech of Monkeys
R. L. Garner
As its appearance exhibits a near approach to the gallinaceous birds, so do its habits.Narrative Of The Voyage Of H.M.S. Rattlesnake, Commanded By The Late Captain Owen Stanley, R.N., F.R.S. Etc. During The Years 1846-1850. Including Discoveries And Surveys In New Guinea, The Louisiade Archipelago, Etc. To Which Is Added The Account Of Mr. E.B. Kennedy's Expedition For The Exploration Of The Cape York Peninsula. By John Macgillivray, F.R.G.S. Naturalist To The Expedition. In Two Volumes. Volume 1.
The grouse is a northern bird, extending into far colder regions than any other subfamily of the gallinaceous group.Game Birds and Game Fishes of the Pacific Coast
Harry Thom Payne
- 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
C18: from Latin gallīnāceus, from gallīna hen
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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