Meaning of FOWL in English


I. ˈfau̇(-ə)l noun

( plural fowl or fowls )

Etymology: Middle English foul, from Old English fugel; akin to Old High German fogal bird, and probably to Old English flēogan to fly — more at fly

Date: before 12th century

1. : a bird of any kind — compare waterfowl , wildfowl


a. : a cock or hen of the domestic chicken ( Gallus gallus ) ; especially : an adult hen

b. : any of several domesticated or wild gallinaceous birds — compare guinea fowl , jungle fowl

3. : the meat of fowls used as food

II. intransitive verb

Date: before 12th century

: to seek, catch, or kill wildfowl

• fowl·er noun

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