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

  • adj. Of, belonging to, or characteristic of the order Galliformes, which includes the common domestic fowl as well as the pheasants, turkeys, and grouse.
  • adj. Relating to or resembling the domestic fowl.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. related to the genus galina, poultry; notably said of the order Galliformes.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Resembling the domestic fowls and pheasants; of or pertaining to the Gallinae.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Having the characters of a bird of the order Gallinæ or Gallinaceæ; rasorial.

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

  • adj. of or relating to or resembling a gallinacean


From Latin gallīnāceus, of poultry, from gallīna, hen, feminine of gallus, cock; see gal- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin gallinaceus, from gallina 'hen', itself from gallus 'cock' (Wiktionary)


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