Meaning of FOWL in English


I. ˈfau̇l, esp before pause or consonant -au̇əl noun

( plural fowl or fowls )

Etymology: Middle English foul, from Old English fugel; akin to Old High German fogal bird, Old Norse fugl, Gothic fugls, and probably to Old High German fliogan to fly — more at fly

1. : a bird of any kind

dominion over … the fowl of the air — Gen 1:28 (Authorized Version)

watch the hungry ocean fowl breast its way southward — Llewelyn Powys


a. : a domestic cock or hen : chicken ; especially : an adult hen — see domestic fowl

b. : any of several domesticated or wild gallinaceous birds

jungle fowl

guinea fowl

3. : the meat of fowls used as food ; especially : the meat of domestic fowls

II. intransitive verb

( -ed/-ing/-s )

Etymology: Middle English foulen, from Old English fuglian, from fugel

: to seek, catch, or kill wild fowl for sport or food

such persons as may lawfully hunt, fish, or fowl — William Blackstone

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