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  1. domesticated fowl collectively, especially those valued for their meat and eggs, as chickens, turkeys, ducks, geese, and guinea fowl.
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Origin of poultry

1350–1400; Middle English pulletrie < Middle French pouleterie. See pullet, -ery
Related formspoul·try·less, adjectivepoul·try·like, adjective
Can be confusedpaltry poultry
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  1. domestic fowls collectively
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Word Origin

C14: from Old French pouletrie, from pouletier poultry-dealer
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Word Origin and History for poultry


"domestic fowls," late 14c. (mid-14c. as "place where poultry is sold"), from Old French pouletrie "domestic fowl" (late 13c.), from pouletier "dealer in domestic fowl," from poulet "young fowl" (see pullet).

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