Adjective "gallinaceous" definition and examples



Definitions and examples


Relating to birds of an order ("Galliformes" ) which includes domestic poultry and game birds.
  1. 'Everyone has seen at least a few gallinaceous birds, since domesticated chicken and turkeys are in this category.'
  2. 'Supra-orbital combs and wattles are fairly common in gallinaceous birds, but they also occur in other taxonomically unrelated bird families.'


1. pertaining to or resembling the domestic fowls.

2. belonging or pertaining to the order Galliformes, comprising medium-sized, mainly ground-feeding domestic or game birds, as the chicken, turkey, grouse, pheasant, and partridge.

More examples(as adjective)

"families can be gallinaceous."

"birds can be gallinaceous."


Late 18th century: from Latin gallinaceus (from gallina ‘hen’, from gallus ‘cock’) + -ous.