English - Etymology
From Turkey. The guinea fowl (Numida meleagris), native to Africa, was imported to Europe by Turkey merchants. The larger northern American bird Meleagris gallopavo, thought to resemble the guinea fowl, was brought to Spain by conquistadors in 1523; from there it was introduced to northern Africa, at the time under Ottoman rule, and then via the Middle East back into Europe.
English - Pronunciation
English - Noun
- Either of two species of bird in the genus Meleagris with fan-shaped tails and wattled necks.
- (UK) The guinea fowl (Numida meleagris). [from c. 1600]
- (colloquial) A failure.
- (slang, usually mildly derogatory) A foolish or inept person.
- (bowling) An act of throwing three strikes in a row.
- (bird): Meleagris gallopavo, Meleagris ocellata
- (failure): flop
- (stupid person): fool, idiot, (US) jerk, (UK) plonker, (UK) prat