guinea fowl definition

  • noun:
    • any one of several pheasantlike birds of this household Numididae indigenous to Africa, particularly a widely domesticated types (Numida meleagris) having blackish plumage marked with many little white places. Also called guinea-hen.
    • some of a number of African wild birds of family Numididae (6 species) resembling partridges.
    • an African gallinaceous bird, of genus Numida, allied on pheasants. The normal domesticated species (Numida meleagris), features a colored fleshy horn for each aide of this head, and it is of a dark gray shade, variegated with little white places. The crested Guinea fowl (Numida cristata) is a finer species.
    • An African gallinaceous bird of this subfamily Numidin√¶; a pintado.
    • a-west African bird having dark plumage mottled with white; native to Africa but raised for food in several countries

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