from The Century Dictionary.

  • A subdivision of Huxley's superfamily Alectoromorphæ, containing the true fowl and related to the domestic hen, as pheasants, turkeys, guinea-fowl, grouse, partridges, quail, etc.: distinguished from those gallinaceous birds, as the Megapodidæ and Cracidæ, which have the feet more as in pigeons, and are therefore called Peristeropodes. See cuts under Cupidonia, grouse, partridge, and quail.


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