from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Same as gallinae.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • The rasorial birds proper, commonly rated as an order or suborder, and containing all kinds of domestic fowls or poultry, and their feral relatives, as turkeys, pheasants, grouse, partridges, quails, guinea-fowls, the mound-birds of Australia, the curassows, hoccos, guans, etc.: equivalent to the old order Rasores minus the pigeons.


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  • A few days afterwards, Herbert snared a couple of gallinaceae, with spreading tails composed of long feathers, magnificent alectors, which soon became tame.

    The Mysterious Island

  • The jerks attracted the attention of the gallinaceae, and they attacked the hooks with their beaks.

    The Mysterious Island

  • There under the shade of the trees fluttered several couples of gallinaceae belonging to the pheasant species.

    The Mysterious Island

  • They walked along, pecking the ground, and not suspecting in any way the presence of the hunters, who, besides, had taken care to place themselves to leeward of the gallinaceae.

    The Mysterious Island

  • During one of these excursions, Gideon Spilett managed to get hold of two couples of living gallinaceae.

    The Mysterious Island

  • Pencroft determined to get hold of at least one of these gallinaceae, which were as large as a fowl, and whose flesh is better than that of a pullet.

    The Mysterious Island

  • In a quite distinct set of birds, the gallinaceae, we find the ornamental plumage usually arising from very different parts, in the form of elongated tail-feathers or tail-coverts, and of ruffs or hackles from the neck.

    Darwinism (1889)

  • Here the wings are comparatively little used, the most constant activities depending on the legs, since the gallinaceae are pre-eminently walking, running, and scratching birds.

    Darwinism (1889)

  • With respect to the habit of the granivorous birds, particularly the gallinaceae and ostriches, of swallowing sand and small pebbles, it has been hitherto attributed to an instinctive desire of accelerating the trituration of the aliments in a muscular and thick stomach.

    Travels to the Equinoctial Regions of America

  • They, in fact, belonged to an order of birds closely allied to the gallinaceous tribe, and representing it on the continent of Australia as also in several of the Austro-Malayan islands, where the true gallinaceae do not exist.

    The Castaways


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