from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A domesticated fowl characterized by black-and-white plumage and a V-shaped comb.
from The 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)