Meaning of FOWL in English


/fowl/ , n. , pl. fowls , ( esp. collectively ) fowl , v.


1. the domestic or barnyard hen or rooster; chicken. Cf. domestic fowl .

2. any of several other, usually gallinaceous, birds that are barnyard, domesticated, or wild, as the duck, turkey, or pheasant.

3. (in market and household use) a full-grown domestic fowl for food purposes, as distinguished from a chicken or young fowl.

4. the flesh or meat of a domestic fowl.

5. any bird (used chiefly in combination): waterfowl; wildfowl.


6. to hunt or take wildfowl.

[ bef. 900; ME foul, OE fugol, fugel; c. OS fugal, Goth fugls, OHG fogal (G Vogel ) ]

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