Definition of pullus in English:



  • A young bird or nestling that is not yet able to fly.

    ‘a bird ringed as a pullus at Fuerteventura was seen at Porto’
    • ‘Pulli growth rates and development were measured and correlated with weather and state of the moon.’
    • ‘A pullus ringed at Brinkburn in June, was killed by a cat at Pontefract, West Yorkshire, in August.’
    • ‘Dr. Bennett's beautiful Cassowaries have yielded two ripe pulli; these were both hatched alive at the Society's Gardens.’
    • ‘One ringed in Galicia, Spain, as a pullus in July 1989, was found freshly dead on the Isle of Wight in February 1992.’
    • ‘The South West Lancs Ringing Group ringed 54 pullus barn owls in their area this year.’
    chick, baby bird, fledgling
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Early 18th century: Latin, literally ‘young chick’.