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

  • n. Domestic fowls, such as chickens, turkeys, ducks, or geese, raised for meat or eggs.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. domestic fowl (chickens, ducks, turkeys and geese) raised for food (either meat or eggs)
  • n. the meat from a domestic fowl

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Domestic fowls reared for the table, or for their eggs or feathers, such as cocks and hens, capons, turkeys, ducks, and geese.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Domestic fowls collectively; those birds which are ordinarily kept in a state of domestication for their flesh, eggs, or feathers, as the domestic hen, turkeys, guinea-fowl, geese, and ducks.
  • n. A number of specimens of the common hen, as distinguished from ducks, geese, etc.; particularly, chickens dressed for market.

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

  • n. a domesticated gallinaceous bird thought to be descended from the red jungle fowl
  • n. flesh of chickens or turkeys or ducks or geese raised for food


Middle English pultrie, from Old French pouletrie, from pouletier, poultry dealer, from poulet, pullet; see pullet.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Old French pouleterie, from poulet, diminutive of poule ("hen"), from Latin pullus ("chick") (Wiktionary)


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