Dictionary Meaning and Definition on 'Poultry'
- a domesticated gallinaceous bird though to be descended from the red jungle fowl [syn: domestic fowl, fowl]
- flesh of chickens or turkeys or ducks or geese raised for food
- Poultry \Poul"try\, n. [From Poult.]
Domestic fowls reared for the table, or for their eggs or
feathers, such as cocks and hens, capons, turkeys, ducks, and
Wikipedia Meaning and Definition on 'Poultry'
Poultry is a category of domesticated birds kept by humans for the purpose of collecting their eggs, or killing for their meat and/or feathers. These most typically are members of the superorder Galloanserae (fowl), especially the order Galliformes (which includes chickens, quails and turkeys) and the family Anatidae (in order Anseriformes), commonly known as "waterfowl" (e.g. domestic ducks and domestic geese). Poultry also includes other birds which are killed for their meat, such as pigeons or doves or birds considered to be game, like pheasants. Poultry comes from the French/Norman word, poule, itself derived from the Latin word Pullus, which means small animal.
The meatiest parts of a bird are the flight muscles on its chest, called breast meat, and the walking muscles on the first and second segments of its legs, called the thigh and drumstick, respectively.[See more about Poultry at Dictionary 3.0 Encyclopedia]
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