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jungle fowl

  1. 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.
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Origin of jungle fowl

First recorded in 1815–25
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Historical Examples of jungle fowl

  • "No; those are jungle-fowl," whispered the Political Officer.

    The Jungle Girl

    Gordon Casserly

  • This important family includes the pea- and the jungle-fowl and the various pheasants.

  • This must not lead the observer to think that jungle-fowl spend most of their time in sprinting across roads.

  • 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.

British Dictionary definitions for jungle fowl

jungle fowl

  1. 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
  2. Australian any of several megapodes, esp Megapodius freycinet
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