from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Any of several pheasantlike birds of the family Numididae native to Africa, especially a widely domesticated species (Numida meleagris) having blackish plumage marked with many small white spots. Also called guinea hen.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Any of several African birds of the family Numididae (6 species) resembling partridges.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. an African gallinaceous bird, of the genus Numida, allied to the pheasants. The common domesticated species (Numida meleagris), has a colored fleshy horn on each aide of the head, and is of a dark gray color, variegated with small white spots. The crested Guinea fowl (Numida cristata) is a finer species.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. An African gallinaceous bird of the subfamily Numidinæ; a pintado.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a west African bird having dark plumage mottled with white; native to Africa but raised for food in many parts of the world
After the Guinea coast of Africa.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
There were the brown eagles that came to feed on the worms so that eagles were as common as chickens and eagles wearing long brown trousers of feathers and other whiteheaded eagles walked together with the guinea fowl busily eating the worms.