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chicken

noun uk   /ˈtʃɪk.ɪn/ us  

chicken noun (BIRD)

A2 [C or U] a type of bird kept on a farm for its eggs or its meat, or the meat of this bird that is cooked and eaten: A male chicken is called a cock and a female chicken is called a hen. We're having roast/fried chicken for dinner.
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chicken noun (PERSON)

[C] informal a person who is not brave: Jump, you chicken!
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chicken

adjective [after verb] uk   /ˈtʃɪk.ɪn/ child's word us  
not brave: Why won't you jump? Are you chicken?
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Translations of “chicken”
in Korean 닭, 닭고기…
in Arabic دَجاجة, لَحْم الدَّجاج…
in French poulet(te), poulet…
in Turkish tavuk, piliç, tavuk eti…
in Italian pollo…
in Chinese (Traditional) 禽, 雞, 雞肉…
in Russian курица, куриное мясо…
in Polish kurczak…
in Spanish gallina, pollo…
in Portuguese frango…
in German das Küken, das Huhn, ein Feigling…
in Catalan gallina, pollastre…
in Japanese ニワトリ, チキン, 鶏肉…
in Chinese (Simplified) 禽, 鸡, 鸡肉…
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