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Chicken (Gallus gallus domesticus) is the common name for a domestic fowl, particularly one raised for its meat. A male chicken is called a cock or rooster, and a female is called a hen, although such terms are not limited to chickens. The chicken is descended from the red junglefowl (Gallus gallus).

Chicken characters[edit]

Chickens, having lived alongside man for so long, are not uncommon as characters in stories and elsewhere. When chickens are given any kind of stereotype as characters, it is usually related to a fanciful comparison of the chattering of hens to the chatting among women's knitting groups and other women-only social groups, or to the chicken's short temper and tendency to be easily startled. The story of Chicken Little (also known as Henny Penny), which was recently adapted into an animated film by Disney, includes a good example of a stereotypical chicken character. Also, The Muppet Show included a number of muppet chickens, for which the Great Gonzo displayed an unusual affinity.

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