What is chicken?

What Does chicken Mean

Before going fully into the meaning of the term chicken, we are going to know its etymological origin. In this case, we can underline that it is a word that derives from Latin, specifically from "hen", which is how the female of the rooster ("gallus") is called.

A chicken is called a bird that is part of the order of the galliform species , characterized by its short and somewhat curved beak, its short wings and its sturdy legs. Chickens, whose feathers are glossy, have a fleshy reddish crest.
The term is usually used as a synonym for rooster , although the male is generally called a rooster and a female of the species whose scientific name is Gallus gallus domesticus is called a hen . Comparing between the two, the hen is smaller and has a smaller crest than the rooster.

Of domestic chickens, it should be noted that they can be found in all corners of the world, that they fly very badly unlike other birds, that they are animals that have a clear hierarchy among them and that have become a species that has come to form a fundamental part of human nutrition. And it is that they provide eggs and, in addition, they provide their meat.
There are many breeds of chickens, which usually live between five and ten years. They are omnivorous animals that cackle, emitting a sound similar to "cló-cló" . In the case of roosters (males), they also sing ( “quiquiriquí” ). On the other hand, the hen has a limited flight capacity, although it is able to move towards somewhat elevated places when it is in danger.
Chickens are usually raised by man for their meat and eggs . It is common for hens to lay one egg a day for eight, nine or ten days. After laying, the bird is responsible for incubating it, giving it heat and rotating it until the moment of hatching (which occurs about twenty-one days after laying).
In the same way, we cannot ignore that there is a traditional game that bears the word in question in its name. We are referring to the blind man's buff, in which the players you want can participate. It basically consists of one of the participants, blindfolded, trying to catch the others. And for this you will have to make special use of senses such as hearing.
A painting by Francisco de Goya that represents the development of this game is very famous, and it is titled “La gallina ciega”. He painted it between the years 1788 and 1792, after Carlos IV came to the throne, and he intended to decorate the room of the infantas in the Palace of El Pardo with it.
In a symbolic sense, the notion of hen is used to describe a fearful or scary individual . For example : "Don't be a chicken and go claim what is yours!" , “Esteban is a good boy, but a bit of a chicken” , “When Pedro started yelling at him, Ramiro's chicken kept quiet” .

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