chicken, poulet, volaille(noun)
the flesh of a chicken used for food
chicken, Gallus gallus(noun)
a domestic fowl bred for flesh or eggs; believed to have been developed from the red jungle fowl
wimp, chicken, crybaby(noun)
a person who lacks confidence, is irresolute and wishy-washy
a foolhardy competition; a dangerous activity that is continued until one competitor becomes afraid and stops
chicken, chickenhearted, lily-livered, white-livered, yellow, yellow-bellied(adj)
A domestic fowl, Gallus gallus, especially when young
The meat from this bird eaten as food.
I told him I wasn't having his insults, and he just backed right down. What a chicken-shit.
A young, attractive, slim man, usually having little body hair. Cf. chickenhawk
A young or inexperienced person.
A confrontational game in which the participants move toward each other at high speed (usually in automobiles); the player who turns first to avoid colliding into the other is the loser.
The game of dare.
To avoid as a result of fear.
To develop physical or other characteristics resembling a chicken's, for example, bumps on the skin.
a young bird or fowl, esp. a young barnyard fowl
a young person; a child; esp. a young woman; a maiden
Origin: [AS. cicen, cyceun, dim. of coc cock; akin to LG. kiken, kken, D. Kieken, kuiken, G. kchkein. See Cock the animal.]
The chicken is a domesticated fowl, a subspecies of the Red Junglefowl. As one of the most common and widespread domestic animals with a population of more than 24 billion in 2003, there are more chickens in the world than any other species of bird. Humans keep chickens primarily as a source of food, consuming both their meat and their eggs. The traditional poultry farming view of the domestication of the chicken is stated in Encyclopædia Britannica: "Humans first domesticated chickens of Indian origin for the purpose of cockfighting in Asia, Africa, and Europe. Very little formal attention was given to egg or meat production... " Recent genetic studies have pointed to multiple maternal origins in Southeast, East, and South Asia, but with the clade found in the Americas, Europe, the Middle East and Africa originating in the Indian subcontinent. From India the domesticated fowl made its way to the Persianized kingdom of Lydia in western Asia Minor, and domestic fowl were imported to Greece by the fifth century BC. Fowl had been known in Egypt since the 18th Dynasty, with the "bird that gives birth every day" having come to Egypt from the land between Syria and Shinar, Babylonia, according to the annals of Tutmose III.
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Written Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'chicken' in Written Corpus Frequency: #1494
Rank popularity for the word 'chicken' in Nouns Frequency: #1567
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The numerical value of chicken in Chaldean Numerology is: 6
The numerical value of chicken in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8
Sample Sentences & Example Usage
A three-year diet of rubber chicken and occasional crow.
Boys, I may not know much, but I know chicken shit from chicken salad.
The key to everything is patience. You get the chicken by hatching the egg, not by smashing it.
Fr., I want there to be no peasant in my realm so poor that he will not have a chicken in his pot every Sunday.
If you're going to cook a fresh chicken, it's not a big concern. But if you're going to ship a chicken, there's a change in structure.
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Translations for chicken
From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary
- hoender, haan, hen, hoendervleisAfrikaans
- دجاجة, دجاج, لحم دجاجArabic
- кураня, куране, птушаня, птушане, ку́рыцаBelarusian
- пиле, пилешко, ярка, страхливецBulgarian
- penn yar, kozh yar, yarBreton
- gallina, pollastre, gall, butzaCatalan, Valencian
- kur, kuře, posera, zbabělec, slepiceCzech
- cyw, iâr, cyw iârWelsh
- høne, kylling, bangebuksDanish
- Hühnerfleisch, Hühnchen, Hähnchen, Huhn, Feigling, KüchleinGerman
- koklovi, koklo, koklolãEwe
- κότα, κοτόπουλοGreek
- pollo, gallinaSpanish
- arg, kana, kanalihaEstonian
- oilasko, oiloBasque
- مرغ خانگی, جوجه, مرغ, ماکPersian
- pelkuri, kana, broileri, kananpoikaFinnish
- poule mouillée, poltron, poulet, pouleFrench
- hinWestern Frisian
- circeoil, cearcIrish
- cearcScottish Gaelic
- galo, galiñaGalician
- עוף, תרנגול, שָׁפָן, תרנגולתHebrew
- nyuszi, csirke, csirkehúsHungarian
- վախկոտ, ճուտ, ղզիկ, աքլոր, հավ, հավի միսArmenian
- kjúklingur, hænsnIcelandic
- gallina, pollo, coniglio, galloItalian
- 鶏肉, ニワトリ, 鶏, チキンJapanese
- kukkukuuaraqKalaallisut, Greenlandic
- 닭, 닭고기, 치킨Korean
- مامر, mirîşkKurdish
- bailus, vištiena, vištaLithuanian
- vista, cāļa gaļa, cālisLatvian
- кукавица, пилешко, кокошкаMacedonian
- ayam, pengecut, manukMalay
- tiġieġa, fellusMaltese
- ကြက်သား, ကြက်Burmese
- kylling, høneNorwegian
- kippenvlees, lafbek, kip, hen, wezel, hoen, lafaard, angsthaasDutch
- kylling, kjukling, høneNorwegian Nynorsk
- feiging, kyllingNorwegian
- naaʼahóóhaiNavajo, Navaho
- kurczak, tchórz, kuraPolish
- frango, covarde, cagão, bundão, galinha, cobardePortuguese
- poulet, pulschain, pulaster, giaglinaRomansh
- pui, găinăRomanian
- бздун, трусишка, пету́х, труси́ха, ку́рица, трус, ссыку́н, цыплёнок, куря́тинаRussian
- puddone, caboni, pudhu, caboniscu, pudduSardinian
- vuonccisNorthern Sami
- pijevac, пијевац, pijetao, kokoška, кокошка, pile, кукавица, petao, петао, кокош, kukavica, пијетао, piletina, пиле, pevac, певац, пилетина, kokošSerbo-Croatian
- kurča, kura, sliepkaSlovak
- piščanec, petelin, kokošSlovene
- nama ya kgoho, kgohoSouthern Sotho
- kyckling, hönaSwedish
- కోడిమాంసం, కోడిTelugu
- tavuk, piliçTurkish
- курча, куркаUkrainian
- dredajiedan, gok, jigokül, dredöfan, higok, jidredöfan, higokül, gokamit, dredajijiedan, hidredöfan, gokül, dredahijiedan, gokil, jigokVolapük
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