ca·​pon | \ ˈkā-ˌpän How to pronounce capon (audio) , -pən\

Definition of capon

: a castrated male chicken

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And, really, so many roasts, such as pork loin or duck or capon, are made even more delicious with the addition of apricots or plums. Bill St. John, The Denver Post, "Stone fruits: Everything you need to know," 7 Aug. 2019 His capon stuffed with Virginia ham and chestnut purée helped reconcile Jefferson with his enemy, Alexander Hamilton. Allyson Reedy, The Denver Post, "Denver historian chronicles African-American chefs’ contributions at the White House," 7 Mar. 2017

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First Known Use of capon

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for capon

Middle English, from Old English capūn, probably from Old French capon, chapun, from Latin capon-, capo; akin to Lithuanian kapoti to mince, Greek koptein to cut

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English Language Learners Definition of capon

: a male chicken whose sex organs have been removed


ca·​pon | \ ˈkā-ˌpän How to pronounce capon (audio) \

Kids Definition of capon

: a castrated male chicken


ca·​pon | \ ˈkā-ˌpän, -pən How to pronounce capon (audio) \

Medical Definition of capon

: a castrated male chicken

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not constant or steady

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