Sorry guys...though a number of websites only list meal as chicken reduced in size, I respect the author of the article on about.com and her example matches text found on another site which states the only difference between chicken and meal is that the meal is rendered, both are: "Chicken Meal: the dry rendered product from a combination of clean flesh and skin with or without accompanying bone, derived from the parts of whole carcasses of chicken or a combination thereof, exclusive of feathers, heads, feet, and entrails." Chicken definition - just take out the words 'dry rendered product".
AAFCO stands for the Association of American Feed Control Officials, I am a bit familiar with it, though I do not get any of their publications, and they no longer publish their definitions on their website.
The about.com article I sent you a link for notes it was referring to an AAFCO definition, I would not go by any other definition.
I just must agree to disagree here. Since you are lucky enough to have a copy of the handbook coming, I look forward to hearing their definition of chicken, and the process of obtaining meal, and why meal would not contain the skin and bone that chicken may contain.