domestic fowl

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domestic fowl

n.
1. A domesticated bird, such as a chicken, duck, goose, or turkey, that is raised as food.
2. The domesticated chicken, Gallus domesticus.

domestic fowl

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barnyard fowl

n
(Animals) a domesticated gallinaceous bird thought to be descended from the red jungle fowl (Gallus gallus) and occurring in many varieties. Often shortened to: fowl
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.domestic fowl - a domesticated gallinaceous bird thought to be descended from the red jungle fowldomestic fowl - a domesticated gallinaceous bird thought to be descended from the red jungle fowl
gallinacean, gallinaceous bird - heavy-bodied largely ground-feeding domestic or game birds
Dorking - an English breed of large domestic fowl having five toes (the hind toe doubled)
Plymouth Rock - an American breed of domestic fowl
Cornish fowl, Cornish - English breed of compact domestic fowl; raised primarily to crossbreed to produce roasters
Rock Cornish - small plump hybrid developed by crossbreeding Plymouth Rock and Cornish fowl
game fowl - any of several breeds reared for cockfighting
cochin, cochin china - Asian breed of large fowl with dense plumage and feathered legs
genus Gallus, Gallus - common domestic birds and related forms
Gallus gallus, chicken - a domestic fowl bred for flesh or eggs; believed to have been developed from the red jungle fowl
bantam - any of various small breeds of fowl
Meleagris gallopavo, turkey - large gallinaceous bird with fan-shaped tail; widely domesticated for food
guinea fowl, Numida meleagris, guinea - a west African bird having dark plumage mottled with white; native to Africa but raised for food in many parts of the world
saddle - posterior part of the back of a domestic fowl
poultry - flesh of chickens or turkeys or ducks or geese raised for food
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No smoke curled from the chimney, not a barnyard fowl clucked and strutted.
We're too busy eating rainbow Oreos and feeling superior about which purveyor of barnyard fowl we prefer to patronize.
Historians believe that all but four presidents since George Washington have kept animals on the official residence's grounds: a diverse menagerie that has included horses, cows, sheep, barnyard fowl, swine, snakes, rodents, tropical birds, fish--even elephants--in addition to scores of dogs and cats.