Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Any of a breed of large, white-skinned domestic fowls having a single comb and unfeathered legs, originally bred in England for both meat and eggs.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • proper n. A town in southeast England.
  • n. A breed of chicken, originally being one of four colours (black, white, buff or blue).

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A modern breed of domesticated fowls originated by William Cook and Sons at Orpington, Kent, England, in 1886. The breed resembles a clean-legged langshan and is the result of crosses between that bird, the Plymouth Rock, and the Black Minorca. There are ten varieties of the breed, single- and rose-combed of five colors. They are hardy, grow rapidly, and are good layers.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. English breed of large chickens with white skin

Etymologies

After Orpington, a district of southeast England.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

Wordnik is becoming a not-for-profit! Read our announcement here.

Comments

Log in or sign up to get involved in the conversation. It's quick and easy.