Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun Any of an American breed of medium-sized domestic chickens raised for both meat and eggs.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A large and serviceable variety of the domestic hen, of American origin.

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  • proper noun The traditionally accepted landing site of the Mayflower settlers to America in 1620.
  • proper noun A breed of poultry.

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  • noun a boulder in Plymouth supposed to be where the Pilgrims disembarked from the Mayflower
  • noun an American breed of domestic fowl

Etymologies

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

[After Plymouth Rock, legendary landing place of the Pilgrims in 1620.]

Examples

  • Mississippi River for 300 years; thousands of Europeans first set foot in North America there, earning the nickname Plymouth Rock of the

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  • Mississippi River for 300 years; thousands of Europeans first set foot in North America there, earning the nickname Plymouth Rock of the

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  • In 1909 note that date: Halsted had just wrapped up his study of the mastectomy; Neely was yet to advertise his “reward” for the cure for cancer, then a thirty-year-old scientist freshly launching his lab at the Rockefeller Institute, Peyton Rous had been brought a tumor growing on the back of a hen of a black-and-white species of chicken called Plymouth Rock.

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  • In 1909 note that date: Halsted had just wrapped up his study of the mastectomy; Neely was yet to advertise his “reward” for the cure for cancer, then a thirty-year-old scientist freshly launching his lab at the Rockefeller Institute, Peyton Rous had been brought a tumor growing on the back of a hen of a black-and-white species of chicken called Plymouth Rock.

    The Emperor of All Maladies

  • In 1909 note that date: Halsted had just wrapped up his study of the mastectomy; Neely was yet to advertise his “reward” for the cure for cancer, then a thirty-year-old scientist freshly launching his lab at the Rockefeller Institute, Peyton Rous had been brought a tumor growing on the back of a hen of a black-and-white species of chicken called Plymouth Rock.

    The Emperor of All Maladies

  • And you probably know that Thanksgiving has something to do with the first European settlers in America - the Pilgrims - who landed at what we now call Plymouth Rock in Massachusetts in 1620.

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  • Legend has it that they first stepped onto land at a big rock, called Plymouth Rock (however, there is no real evidence of this).

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  • Now, every once in a while, one of these New Englanders that owns the earth, especially that little stone portion called Plymouth Rock, which we never begrudged them, gets up at a great dinner and reads a fine speech and talks about civil and religious liberty which the Puritan came over to cause to flourish.

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  • They disembarked on the flat bowlder known as Plymouth Rock and set to work to make their home.

    The History of the United States from 1492 to 1910, Volume 1 From Discovery of America October 12, 1492 to Battle of Lexington April 19, 1775

  • Then at last all the tired Pilgrims landed from the ship on a spot now called Plymouth Rock, and the first house was begun on Christmas Day.

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