guinea fowl

or guin·ea·fowl



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

First recorded in 1645–55 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for guinea fowl

Historical Examples of guinea fowl

  • Will you come with me and shoot some guinea-fowl, Miss Fraser?

    Tom Gerrard

    Louis Becke

  • Her immobility is as profound and as prolonged as that of the Turkey and the Guinea-fowl.

  • Or the tukkiyim may have been Guinea-fowl—a bird of the same class with the peacock.

    History of Phoenicia

    George Rawlinson

  • First, they fell in with some large flocks of guinea-fowl, and shot a few for dinner.

    Black Ivory

    R.M. Ballantyne

  • I saw no end of guinea-fowl, but did not fire, being on the look-out for larger game.

British Dictionary definitions for guinea fowl

guinea fowl



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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