noun Etymology: Middle English polet, from Anglo-French pullet young bird, chicken, diminutive of pulle, poule young animal, from Late Latin pullus, from Latin, young animal, chicken, sprout — more at foal Date: 14th century a young hen; specifically a hen of the domestic chicken less than a year old

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  • Pullet — Pul let, n. [OE. polete, OF. polete, F. poulette, dim. of poule a hen, fr. L. pullus a young animal, a young fowl. See {Foal}, and cf. {Poult}, {Poultry}, {Pool} stake.] A young hen, or female of the domestic fowl. [1913 Webster] {Pullet sperm},… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • pullet — mid 14c., young fowl, from Anglo Fr. pullet, O.Fr. poulette, dim. of poule hen, from V.L. *pulla, fem. of L. pullus young animal, young fowl (see FOAL (Cf. foal) (n.)). Technically, a young hen from the time she begins to lay until the first molt …   Etymology dictionary

  • pullet — ► NOUN ▪ a young hen, especially one less than one year old. ORIGIN Old French poulet, from Latin pullus chicken, young animal …   English terms dictionary

  • pullet — [pool′it] n. [ME poullet < OFr poulet, dim. of poule, hen: see POULTRY] a young hen, usually one not more than a year old …   English World dictionary

  • pullet — noun /ˈpʊlɪt/ a) A young hen, especially one less than a year old. The dinner hour being arrived, Black George carried her up a pullet, the squire himself [...] attending the door. b) A spineless person; inconsiderate and/or foul, easily… …   Wiktionary

  • pullet — UK [ˈpʊlɪt] / US noun [countable] Word forms pullet : singular pullet plural pullets a chicken that is less than a year old …   English dictionary

  • pullet — /pool it/, n. a young hen, less than one year old. [1325 75; ME polet < MF poulet, dim. of poul cock < L pullus chicken, young of an animal; akin to FOAL] * * * …   Universalium

  • pullet — Synonyms and related words: Bantam, banty, barn door fowl, barnyard fowl, biddy, birdling, broiler, brooder, broody hen, calf, capon, catling, chanticleer, chick, chickabiddy, chicken, chickling, chicky, cock, cockerel, colt, cub, dogie, domestic …   Moby Thesaurus

  • pullet — (Roget s IV) n. Syn. young hen, fowl, rooster; see bird 1 , chicken 1 …   English dictionary for students

  • pullet — pul|let [ˈpulıt] n [Date: 1300 1400; : Old French; Origin: poulet, from poule hen ] a young chicken that is in its first year of laying eggs …   Dictionary of contemporary English

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