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2 definitions found
for spring chicken
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :
Chicken \Chick"en\, n. [AS. cicen, cyceun, dim. of coc cock;
akin to LG. kiken, k["u]ken, D. Kieken, kuiken, G.
k["u]chkein. See Cock the animal.]
1. A young bird or fowl, esp. a young barnyard fowl.
2. A young person; a child; esp. a young woman; a maiden;
same as spring chicken. "Stella is no chicken." --Swift.
Chicken cholera, a contagious disease of fowls; -- so
called because first studied during the prevalence of a
cholera epidemic in France. It has no resemblance to true
From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :
n 1: a young person (especially a young man or boy) [syn: young
person, youth, younker, spring chicken]
2: a young chicken having tender meat
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