noun \ˈfa(-ə)l\

: 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

plural fowl or fowls

Full Definition of FOWL

:  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
:  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

Other Birds Terms

aerie, bunting, clutch, covey, hackle, ratite, rictus, ruff, skein, zygodactyl



Definition of FOWL

intransitive verb
:  to seek, catch, or kill wildfowl
fowl·er noun

First Known Use of FOWL

before 12th century

Other Hunting and Fishing Terms

chum, covert, creel, flense, pitfall, seine, skulk, spoor, trawl

Rhymes with FOWL


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