One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A young domestic chicken, turkey, pheasant, or other fowl being raised for food.
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
Late Middle English: contraction of pullet.
A fine corded silk or taffeta, typically colored and used as a dress fabric.
1930s: from French poult-de-soie, from poult (of unknown origin) + de soie ‘of silk’.
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