Definition of gallinaceous in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌɡalɪˈneɪʃəs/


Relating to birds of an order (Galliformes) which includes domestic poultry and game birds.
Example sentences
  • Everyone has seen at least a few gallinaceous birds, since domesticated chicken and turkeys are in this category.
  • Supra-orbital combs and wattles are fairly common in gallinaceous birds, but they also occur in other taxonomically unrelated bird families.
  • More likely to be seen or heard on the plateau is the little chachalaca, a gallinaceous bird named in part for its noisy call.


Late 18th century: from Latin gallinaceus (from gallina 'hen', from gallus 'cock') + -ous.

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