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

  • n. A young hen that has been spayed for fattening.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A pullet from which the ovaries have been removed to produce fattening; hence, a fat pullet.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A young hen fattened for the table; a spayed hen.


French poularde, from poule, hen, from Old French, from Latin pulla, feminine of pullus, young of an animal, chicken; see pau-1 in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)



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