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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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1. (Animals) of, relating to, or belonging to the Galliformes, an order of birds, including domestic fowl, pheasants, grouse, etc, having a heavy rounded body, short bill, and strong legs
2. (Animals) of, relating to, or resembling the domestic fowl
[C18: from Latin gallīnāceus, from gallīna hen]
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(ˌgæl əˈneɪ ʃəs)

belonging or pertaining to the order Galliformes, comprising ground-feeding domestic or game birds, as chickens, turkeys, grouse, quail, and pheasants.
[1775–85; < Latin gallīnāceus pertaining to poultry]
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Adj.1.gallinaceous - of or relating to or resembling a gallinacean
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