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gallinaceous

[ gal-uh-ney-shuhs ]
/ ˌgæl əˈneɪ ʃəs /
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adjective
belonging or pertaining to the group of mainly heavy-bodied, ground-feeding domestic and game birds that comprise the order Galliformes, which includes all species of chicken, turkey, grouse, pheasant, quail, and partridge.
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Origin of gallinaceous

First recorded in 1775–85; from Latin gallīnāceus “pertaining to poultry,” equivalent to gallīn(a) “hen” (derivative of gallus “cock, rooster”) + -āceus adjective suffix; see -aceous
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British Dictionary definitions for gallinaceous

gallinaceous
/ (ˌɡælɪˈneɪʃəs) /

adjective
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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