A young domestic hen, usually one that is less than one year old.
[Middle English polet, pulet, partly from Old French polet, young chicken, diminutive of poul, cock, and partly from polette, young hen, diminutive of poule, hen, both ultimately from Latin pullus, young fowl, young animal, chicken; see pau-1 in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]
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