guinea fowl
noun Date: 1749 an African bird (Numida meleagris) related to the pheasants, raised for food in many parts of the world, and marked by a bare neck and head and slaty plumage speckled with white; broadly any of several related birds

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • Guinea fowl — Guinea Guin ea (g[i^]n [ e]), n. 1. A district on the west coast of Africa (formerly noted for its export of gold and slaves) after which the Guinea fowl, Guinea grass, Guinea peach, etc., are named. [1913 Webster] 2. A gold coin of England… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • guinea fowl — n [Date: 1700 1800; Origin: Guinea] a grey bird that is often eaten as food …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • guinea fowl — n. [orig. imported from Guinea] any of a family (Numididae) of gallinaceous African birds with a featherless head, rounded body, and dark feathers spotted with white, esp. the widespread domesticated species (Numida meleagris) …   English World dictionary

  • guinea fowl — guinea ,fowl noun count or uncount a large gray bird, originally from Africa, that is kept for its meat …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • guinea fowl — any of several African, gallinaceous birds of the subfamily Numidinae, esp. a common species, Numida meleagris, that has a bony casque on the head and dark gray plumage spotted with white and that is now domesticated and raised for its flesh and… …   Universalium

  • guinea fowl — UK / US noun [countable/uncountable] Word forms guinea fowl : singular guinea fowl plural guinea fowls a large grey bird, originally from Africa, that is kept for its meat …   English dictionary

  • guinea fowl — N COUNT (guinea fowl is both the singular and the plural form.) A guinea fowl is a large grey African bird that is often eaten as food …   English dictionary

  • guinea fowl — noun a west African bird having dark plumage mottled with white; native to Africa but raised for food in many parts of the world • Syn: ↑guinea, ↑Numida meleagris • Hypernyms: ↑domestic fowl, ↑fowl, ↑poultry • Hyponyms: ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • guinea fowl — guin′ea fowl or guin′ea•fowl n. orn any of various large, plump gallinaceous birds of the family Numididae, orig. of Africa, esp. the domesticated species Numida meleagris, having spotted gray plumage and a bony casque on the head …   From formal English to slang

  • guinea-fowl — n. Guinea hen (Numida meleagris) …   New dictionary of synonyms

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