from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun Any of a breed of large, heavily feathered domestic chickens having a single comb, originally bred in England for both meat and eggs.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A modern breed of domesticated fowls originated by William Cook and Sons at Orpington, Kent, England, in 1886. The breed resembles a clean-legged langshan and is the result of crosses between that bird, the Plymouth Rock, and the Black Minorca. There are ten varieties of the breed, single- and rose-combed of five colors. They are hardy, grow rapidly, and are good layers.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • proper noun A town in southeast England.
  • noun A breed of chicken, originally being one of four colours (black, white, buff or blue).

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun English breed of large chickens with white skin


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[After Orpington, a district of southeast England.]


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