meleagris definition

  • noun:
    • In ornithology: [lowercase] A name of the common guinea-fowl, that Linnæus offered the technical particular title Numida meleagris.
    • An American genus of Phasianidæ or Meleagridæ, of large-size with diverse metallic plumage, naked tarsi spurred inside male, bare head with erectile fleshy caruncles, and a tuft of hair-like feathers in the breast; the turkeys.
    • In conchology, a genus of mollusks: same as Meleagrina.
    • type genus of the Meleagrididae: wild and domestic turkeys

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