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Domestic Chicken
Scientific classification
Gallus gallus
Gallus lafayetii
Gallus sonneratii
Gallus varius
Reference: 176085 (http://www.itis.usda.gov/servlet/SingleRpt/SingleRpt?search_topic=TSN&search_value=176085)
as of 2002-08-17
A chicken is a type of domesticated bird which is usually raised as a type of poultry. It is believed to be descended from the wild Asian Red Junglefowl[?], Gallus gallus.

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Chickens are raised for meat and eggs.

Male chickens, known as "cockerels" or "roosters," are common symbols of masculinity, and their natural inclination to fight has been exploited in staged cockfights, sometimes with a metal spike added to the natural spur. Most countries have banned cockfighting.

It has been claimed that cockfighting inspired much of the children's game Pokemon.

Chicken can be prepared for the table in a number of ways. It can be roasted, baked, or fried.

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