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neither fish nor fowl

Definition of neither fish nor fowl

  1. :  a person or thing that does not belong to a particular class or category <The movie is neither fish nor fowl—it's not really a comedy, but it's too lighthearted to be called a drama.>

Word by Word Definitions

  1. :  not either

    :  also not

  1. :  not the one or the other of two or more

  1. :  not either

  1. :  either

    :  similarly not :  also not

  1. :  any of numerous cold-blooded strictly aquatic craniate vertebrates that include the bony fishes and usually the cartilaginous and jawless fishes and that have typically an elongated somewhat spindle-shaped body terminating in a broad caudal fin, limbs in the form of fins when present at all, and a 2-chambered heart by which blood is sent through thoracic gills to be oxygenated

    :  the flesh of fish used as food

    :  a person who is caught or is wanted (as in a criminal investigation)

  1. :  to attempt to catch fish

    :  to seek something by roundabout means

    :  to search for something underwater

  1. : used as a function word to introduce the second or last member or the second and each following member of a series of items each of which is negated

    : used as a function word to introduce and negate a following clause or phrase

    :  neither

  1. :  than

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

    :  a cock or hen of the domestic chicken (Gallus gallus)

    :  an adult hen

  1. :  to seek, catch, or kill wildfowl

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