Domesticated birds raised for meat or eggs are poultry. If you're going to keep poultry in your back yard, you'll need to build a chicken coop.

When you talk about eating chicken or turkey, you can refer to that type of meat as poultry: "I don't eat red meat — just a little fish and poultry." Other birds that fall into the category of poultry are domesticated guinea hens, ducks, and geese. If they're wild, on the other hand, they're called game. Before poultry came to mean "domestic fowl" in the 14th century, it meant "place where fowl is sold."

Definitions of poultry

n flesh of chickens or turkeys or ducks or geese raised for food

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chicken, poulet, volaille
the flesh of a chicken used for food
Rock Cornish hen
flesh of a small fowl bred for roasting
guinea hen
flesh of a guinea fowl (especially of hens)
dove, squab
flesh of a pigeon suitable for roasting or braising; flesh of a dove (young squab) may be broiled
flesh of a duck (domestic or wild)
flesh of a goose (domestic or wild)
flesh of large domesticated fowl usually roasted
flesh of a small young chicken not over 2 1/2 lb suitable for broiling
flesh of a castrated male chicken
frier, fryer, pullet
flesh of a medium-sized young chicken suitable for frying
flesh of a large young chicken over 3 1/2 lb suitable for roasting
flesh of a chicken (or game bird) split down the back and grilled (usually immediately after being killed)
flesh of an older chicken suitable for stewing
flesh of a young domestic duck
Type of:
bird, fowl
the flesh of a bird or fowl (wild or domestic) used as food

n a domesticated gallinaceous bird thought to be descended from the red jungle fowl

domestic fowl, fowl
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an English breed of large domestic fowl having five toes (the hind toe doubled)
Plymouth Rock
an American breed of domestic fowl
Cornish, Cornish fowl
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
Gallus gallus, chicken
a domestic fowl bred for flesh or eggs; believed to have been developed from the red jungle fowl
any of various small breeds of fowl
Meleagris gallopavo, turkey
large gallinaceous bird with fan-shaped tail; widely domesticated for food
Numida meleagris, guinea, guinea fowl
a west African bird having dark plumage mottled with white; native to Africa but raised for food in many parts of the world
biddy, chick
young bird especially of domestic fowl
cock, rooster
adult male chicken
castrated male chicken
biddy, hen
adult female chicken
spring chicken
a young chicken having tender meat
Rhode Island red
American breed of heavy-bodied brownish-red general-purpose chicken
Dominick, Dominique
American breed of chicken having barred grey plumage raised for meat and brown eggs
English breed of large chickens with white skin
gobbler, tom, tom turkey, turkey cock
male turkey
guinea hen
female guinea fowl
Type of:
gallinacean, gallinaceous bird
heavy-bodied largely ground-feeding domestic or game birds

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