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fowl

noun \ ˈfau̇(-ə)l \
Updated on: 19 Nov 2017

Definition of fowl

plural fowl or fowls
1 :a bird of any kind — compare waterfowl, wildfowl
2 a :a cock or hen of the domestic chicken (Gallus gallus); especially :an adult hen
b :any of several domesticated (see 1domesticate 2) or wild gallinaceous birds — compare guinea fowl, jungle fowl
3 :the meat of fowls used as food
  • roasted fowl

Examples of fowl in a Sentence

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

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Origin and Etymology 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


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fowl

verb

Definition of fowl

intransitive verb
:to seek, catch, or kill wildfowl

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Origin and Etymology of fowl

see 1fowl

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FOWL Defined for English Language Learners

fowl

noun

Definition of fowl for English Language Learners

  • : 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


FOWL Defined for Kids

fowl

noun \ ˈfau̇l \

Definition of fowl for Students

plural fowl or fowls
1 :bird
  • wild fowls
2 :a common domestic rooster or hen
3 :the meat of a domestic fowl used as food

Headscratcher for fowl

Remove the first letter of fowl and you get an example of one: owl!



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