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gal·li·na·ceous  audio  (gl-nshs) KEY 

ADJECTIVE:
  1. Of, belonging to, or characteristic of the order Galliformes, which includes the common domestic fowl as well as the pheasants, turkeys, and grouse.
  2. Relating to or resembling the domestic fowl.

ETYMOLOGY:
From Latin gallnceus, of poultry, from gallna, hen, feminine of gallus, cock; see gal- in Indo-European roots

OTHER FORMS:
galli·nacean(Noun)


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