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

  • noun Any of a breed of medium-sized domestic chickens originally developed in North America for eggs and meat.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun An American variety of the domestic hen, of medium size and compact form, hardy, and valuable for eggs and for the table.

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  • proper noun Alternative spelling of Wyandot.
  • noun A breed of poultry.


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  • She thought they should get some chickens of their own and perhaps a goat to milk, because maybe something was missing—maybe it would just take one fat wyandotte to make the idyll possible. Or a Sicilian buttercup. Really, chickens had the prettiest names—the Brahma and the marsh daisy and the faverolles. . . . Or perhaps a goat—a LaMancha or a Bionda dell'Adamello. . . . Goats had ridiculous names—the West African dwarf and the Tennessee fainting goat.

    Kate Atkinson, Case Histories (New York: Little Brown & Co., 2004), p. 64.

    May 30, 2016