Part of speech: adjective
Origin: Latin, late 18th century
Relating to birds of an order (Galliformes) which includes domestic poultry and game birds.
Examples of Gallinaceous in a sentence
"The farm was home to a number of gallinaceous birds, including chickens, turkeys, and pheasants."
"Ducks are not gallinaceous — they are considered waterfowl."
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While the word gallinaceous is used to describe a specific class of domesticated fowl, which includes turkeys and quail, it finds its origins in Latin words for chicken, such as "gallina" (hen), "gallus" (cockerel), and the broad term "gallinaceus."
Did you Know?
People might not think much of chickens, but chickens think a lot about them. According to scientific studies, these gallinaceous birds can recognize over a hundred individual faces, engage in complex communication, and even dream.