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Dictionary Definition



1 a domesticated gallinaceous bird though to be descended from the red jungle fowl [syn: domestic fowl, fowl]
2 flesh of chickens or turkeys or ducks or geese raised for food

User Contributed Dictionary

see Poultry




  1. domestic fowl (chickens, ducks, turkeys and geese) raised for food (either meat or eggs)
  2. the meat from a domestic fowl

Related terms


  • Czech: drůbež
  • Finnish: siipikarja
  • Japanese: 家禽; qualifier category or group 家禽類
  • Slovene: perutnina
  • Spanish: aves de corral
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Extensive Definition

Poultry is the category of domesticated birds kept for meat, eggs, and feathers. These most typically are members of the superorder Galloanserae (fowl), especially the order Galliformes (which includes chickens and turkeys) and the family Anatidae (in order Anseriformes), commonly known as "waterfowl" (e.g. domestic ducks and domestic geese). Poultry also include other meat birds such as pigeons or doves or game birds like pheasants. The term also refers to the flesh of such birds.

Examples of types of poultry

Cuts of poultry

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.
White meat has less oxygen-carrying myoglobin than the walking muscles, or dark meat, and is thus lighter in color.

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poultry in Catalan: Aviram
poultry in Czech: Drůbež
poultry in Danish: Fjerkræ
poultry in German: Geflügel
poultry in Spanish: Ave de corral
poultry in French: Volaille
poultry in Indonesian: Unggas
poultry in Hebrew: בשר עוף
poultry in Hungarian: Baromfi
poultry in Macedonian: Живина
poultry in Dutch: Pluimvee
poultry in Japanese: 家禽
poultry in Norwegian: Fjærkre
poultry in Norwegian Nynorsk: Fjørfe
poultry in Narom: Volâle
poultry in Polish: Drób
poultry in Simple English: Fowl
poultry in Slovak: Hydina (vtáctvo)
poultry in Finnish: Siipikarja
poultry in Swedish: Fjäderfä
poultry in Ukrainian: Птахівництво
poultry in Yiddish: עופות
poultry in Chinese: 家禽

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

Bantam, banty, barn-door fowl, barnyard fowl, biddy, broiler, brooder, broody hen, capon, chanticleer, chick, chickabiddy, chicken, chicky, cock, cockerel, domestic fowl, drake, duck, duckling, dunghill fowl, fowl, fryer, game fowl, gander, gobbler, goose, gosling, guinea cock, guinea fowl, guinea hen, hen, hen turkey, partlet, poulard, poult, pullet, roaster, rooster, setting hen, spring chicken, stewing chicken, tom, tom turkey, turkey, turkey gobbler, turkey-cock
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