from The Century Dictionary.
- noun The state or condition of a chicken.
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Some are choosing to entrench and fortify their chickenhood at a time when a few good pigs are needed.
Considered doing the whole weekday route, but declared chickenhood when I reached the golf course and turned back, due to the combination of cold and breeze and wearing jeans rather than bike shorts and riding the mountain bike instead of the road bike and early in the season and general wimpitude.
Anticipation, thy name is New England spring... jhetley 2008
I believe that should be foul, although one could argue that using fowl suggest chickenhood, which fits as well.
The latter was once best of all; the Old Hen has taken advantage of her simplicity, and beguiled her with the chaff which was the bane of her own chickenhood.
A Tangled Tale 2003
The accidents and vicissitudes of early chickenhood are serious matters to the unmothered chick, and they must not be overlooked by the breeder who figures his profits on paper.
The Fat of the Land The Story of an American Farm John Williams Streeter
"And wherefore not, wise sir? since you would nathless enter chickenhood."
Hayslope Grange A Tale of the Civil War Emma Leslie
Beginning with the days of her chickenhood he had always ordered her about, telling her not to do this and not to do that.
The Tale of Turkey Proudfoot Slumber-Town Tales Arthur Scott Bailey 1913
"I know I'm still young," he intones at the beginning of "I Love You This Big," his first single, one of several references on this album to his spring chickenhood.
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