Definitions

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

Etymologies

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

After the Guinea coast of Africa.

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