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Dictionary Definition

poulterer n : a dealer in poultry and poultry products [syn: poultryman]

User Contributed Dictionary



pulla: a hen. Inferred through French poulet: a young fowl, to pouletier: a dealer in fowl, through Middle English poulter.


  1. A dealer in poultry. A poulter.

Extensive Definition

A poultry was the office in a medieval household responsible for the purchase and preparation of poultry, as well as the room in which the poultry was stored. It was headed by a poulter or poulterer (though this last term is more often for a merchant who deals in poultry). The office was subordinated to the kitchen, and only existed as a separate office in larger households. It was closely connected with other offices of the kitchen, such as the larder and the saucery. This use of the word is largely obsolete today.


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