Definition: Poultry

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From Middle English pultrie, from Old French pouleterie, from poulet, diminutive of poule (hen), from Latin pullus (chick).


poultry (usually uncountable, plural poultries)

  1. Domestic fowl (e.g. chickens, ducks, turkeys, and geese) raised for food (either meat or eggs).
    When I was twelve, my mother got some chickens, and during that year, it seemed as if we were starting a poultry farm!
  2. The meat from a domestic fowl.
    We had plenty of poultry to eat at the end of the year.

Derived terms

  • poultry wire
  • poultryman
  • poultrywoman

Related terms

  • poult
  • poulter
  • poulterer
  • pullet


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