from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A young hen that has been spayed for fattening.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A pullet from which the ovaries have been removed to produce fattening; hence, a fat pullet.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A young hen fattened for the table; a spayed hen.
French poularde, from poule, hen, from Old French, from Latin pulla, feminine of pullus, young of an animal, chicken; see pau-1 in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)