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[poo l-it]
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  1. a young hen, less than one year old.
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Origin of pullet

1325–75; Middle English polet < Middle French poulet, diminutive of poul cock < Latin pullus chicken, young of an animal; akin to foal
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Related Words for pullet

chicken, duck, fowl, geese, pigeon, pheasant, poultry, hen, turkey, pullets, grouse, quail, rooster, goose, partridge, biddy, chick, cock, cockerel, capon

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British Dictionary definitions for pullet


  1. a young hen of the domestic fowl, less than one year old
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Word Origin for pullet

C14: from Old French poulet chicken, from Latin pullus a young animal or bird
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Word Origin and History for pullet


late 14c., "young fowl" (late 13c. as a surname), from Anglo-French pullet, Old French poulette, poilette, diminutive of poule, poille "hen, chicken," from Vulgar Latin *pulla, fem. of Latin pullus "young animal, young fowl" (see foal (n.)). Technically, a young hen from the time she begins to lay until the first molt.

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