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fowl

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noun \ˈfau̇(-ə)l\

Simple Definition of fowl

  • : a bird (such as a chicken) that is raised for food

  • : the meat of such a bird used as food

  • : a bird of any kind

Full Definition of fowl

plural fowl or fowls

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

  2. 2 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. 3 :  the meat of fowls used as food

Examples of fowl

  1. I spotted a long-legged fowl by the water's edge.



Origin of fowl

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


First Known Use: before 12th century


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fowl

verb

Definition of fowl

  1. intransitive verb
  2. :  to seek, catch, or kill wildfowl

fowl·er noun


Before 12th Century

First Known Use of fowl

before 12th century

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Rhymes with fowl




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