American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A domesticated fowl characterized by black-and-white plumage and a V-shaped comb.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A breed of the domestic fowl, of French origin, characterized by its long square form, heavy, globular crest, full beard or muff, evenly mottled black-and-white plumage, and the presence of five toes on each foot. It lays large white eggs, and is esteemed as one of the best of fowls for the table.
- French, after Houdan, a village of north-central France. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“The crested ornamental bird, called a Houdan chicken after the”
“With Contador competing at the Tour of Murcia and organizers including the longest time trial since 1968 — a 27km effort next Friday — the 1,307km epic from Houdan to the west of Paris to the Promenade des Anglais in Nice is wide open.”
“There was a scattering of the faithful -- Terrans, mostly, a few Houdan, and a Boduad or two in the back rows, kneeling, and off in their own world.”
“A small gray-furred boy, a Houdan, was strumming a banjo at one of the piers.”
“A Houdan pushing a levitated cart full of glistening silk scarves and hairbrushes eyed him with mild interest.”
“Dieppe, in Paris, in Saint-Gratien, in Brie, and in Beauce, hunting for a certain country that I had in mind, and I think that I have found it at last in the neighborhood of Houdan.”
“I spent the month of August in wandering about, for I was in Dieppe, in Paris, in Saint-Gratien, in Brie, and in Beauce, hunting for a certain country that I had in mind, and I think that I have found it at last in the neighborhood of Houdan.”
“The Houdan hen was never drawn into the cult of Sredni Vashtar.”
“It is not good for him to be pottering down there in all weathers," she promptly decided, and at breakfast one morning she announced that the Houdan hen had been sold and taken away overnight.”
“In one corner lived a ragged-plumaged Houdan hen, on which the boy lavished an affection that had scarcely another outlet.”
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