Main definitions of poult in English

: poult1poult2

poult1

noun

Farming
  • A young domestic chicken, turkey, pheasant, or other fowl being raised for food.

    • ‘Bacteria are fed to newly hatched poults and these bacteria occupy sites in the intestinal tract that would be optimal for pathogen attachment and colonization.’
    • ‘Adult chickens and chicks are more likely to eat the beetles and their larvae than poults or turkeys.’
    • ‘The females and their broods can all associate with each other, so there may be multiple hens with poults (young turkeys) in a group.’
    • ‘It's early August, and he checks to make sure his 34 turkey poults are kept warm until they are ready for pasture in eight weeks.’
    • ‘She wasn't about to disturb the eight crow-size poults that lurked in the leaf litter behind their protective mother.’

Origin

Late Middle English: contraction of pullet.

Pronunciation:

poult

/pəʊlt/

Main definitions of poult in English

: poult1poult2

poult2

(also poult-de-soie)

Pronunciation: /puːlt//pʊlt/

noun

  • [mass noun] A fine corded silk or taffeta, typically coloured and used as a dress fabric.

    [as modifier] ‘a lemon silk poult dress’

Origin

1930s: from French poult-de-soie, from poult (of unknown origin) + de soie of silk.

Pronunciation:

poult

/puːlt//pʊlt/