Main meanings of poult in English

: poult1poult2

poult1

Pronunciation /pəʊlt/

noun

Farming
  • 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.’
    • ‘Adult chickens and chicks are more likely to eat the beetles and their larvae than poults or turkeys.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.

Main meanings 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.

    • ‘a lemon silk poult dress’

Origin

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