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Of, belonging to, or characteristic of the order Galliformes, which includes poultry, pheasants, and grouse.

[From Latin gallīnāceus, of poultry, from gallīna, hen, feminine of gallus, cock; see gal- in Indo-European roots.]

gal′li·na′cean n.
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(Animals) any gallinaceous bird
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Noun1.gallinacean - heavy-bodied largely ground-feeding domestic or game birdsgallinacean - heavy-bodied largely ground-feeding domestic or game birds
bird - warm-blooded egg-laying vertebrates characterized by feathers and forelimbs modified as wings
Galliformes, order Galliformes - pheasants; turkeys; grouse; partridges; quails; chickens; brush turkeys; curassows; hoatzins
domestic fowl, fowl, poultry - a domesticated gallinaceous bird thought to be descended from the red jungle fowl
gallina, jungle fowl - small Asiatic wild bird; believed to be ancestral to domestic fowl
comb, coxcomb, cockscomb - the fleshy red crest on the head of the domestic fowl and other gallinaceous birds
Agriocharis ocellata, ocellated turkey - wild turkey of Central America and northern South America
guan - any of several large turkey-like game birds of the family Cracidae; native to jungles of tropical America; resembling the curassows and valued as food
curassow - large crested arboreal game bird of warm parts of the Americas having long legs and tails; highly esteemed as game and food
chachalaca - slender arboreal guan resembling a wild turkey; native to Central America and Mexico; highly regarded as game birds
megapode, mound bird, mound-bird, scrub fowl, mound builder - large-footed short-winged birds of Australasia; build mounds of decaying vegetation to incubate eggs
hoactzin, hoatzin, Opisthocomus hoazin, stinkbird - crested ill-smelling South American bird whose young have claws on the first and second digits of the wings
columbiform bird - a cosmopolitan order of land birds having small heads and short legs with four unwebbed toes
game bird - any bird (as grouse or pheasant) that is hunted for sport
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GALLINACEAN: Chicken and hen Generic Male Female Offspring Old hamkem/ car/fugol/ cwenfugol/ cicen English henna hana/cocc henn/henn- capon fugol Middle hen/chiken cok hen [henne, chiken [chike, English [chico(u)n, capoun hene, han] chico(u)n, cheke(n)] [capen, cheke(n)] kapo(u)n, cockerel [cockrel] cawpon, polet [polette, chapo(u)n] pollet, polete, pullet, pult(e)] pullen Modern chicken/hen cock/rooster hen chicken/chick English capon (cockerel) pullet/pullen/ poult Table 2.
Specially within the first two families (GALLINACEANS and ANATIDAE), even if there may be another item, the feminine denomination tends to be the generic as well, probably because females are most highly valued, as they lay eggs and hatch the young.