fowl [faul] n plural fowl or fowls [U and C]
[: Old English; Origin: fugel]
1.) a bird, such as a chicken, that is kept for its meat and eggs, or the meat of this type of bird
2.) old use any bird

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  • Fowl — (foul), n. Note: Instead of the pl. {Fowls} the singular is often used collectively. [OE. foul, fowel, foghel, fuhel, fugel, AS. fugol; akin to OS. fugal D. & G. vogel, OHG. fogal, Icel. & Dan. fugl, Sw. fogel, f[*a]gel, Goth. fugls; of unknown… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • fowl — /fowl/, n., pl. fowls, (esp. collectively) fowl, v. n. 1. the domestic or barnyard hen or rooster; chicken. Cf. domestic fowl. 2. any of several other, usually gallinaceous, birds that are barnyard, domesticated, or wild, as the duck, turkey, or… …   Universalium

  • fowl — fowl; fowl·er; gare·fowl; sheld·fowl; wa·ter·fowl·er; wa·ter·fowl·ing; …   English syllables

  • Fowl — Fowl, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Fowled}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Fowling}.] To catch or kill wild fowl, for game or food, as by shooting, or by decoys, nets, etc. [1913 Webster] Such persons as may lawfully hunt, fish, or fowl. Blackstone. [1913 Webster]… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • fowl — [ faul ] (plural fowl or fowls) noun count 1. ) a bird that is kept on a farm for its eggs and meat, for example a chicken or a DUCK 2. ) an old word for bird => FISH1 …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • fowl — ► NOUN (pl. same or fowls) 1) (also domestic fowl) a domesticated bird derived from a junglefowl and kept for its eggs or flesh; a cock or hen. 2) any domesticated bird, e.g. a turkey or duck. 3) birds collectively, especially as the quarry of… …   English terms dictionary

  • fowl — [foul] n. pl. fowls or fowl [ME foule, foghel < OE fugol, akin to Ger vogel, bird < Gmc * fuglaz, altered by dissimulation < * fluglaz < * flug , *fleug < IE * pleuk > FLY1] 1. any bird: now only in combination [wildfowl] 2. any …   English World dictionary

  • fowl — (n.) O.E. fugel bird, representing the general Germanic word for them, from P.Gmc. *foglaz (Cf. O.Fris. fugel, O.N. fugl, M.Du. voghel, Du. vogel, Ger. vogel, Goth. fugls), probably by dissimilation from *flug la , lit. flyer, from the same root… …   Etymology dictionary

  • fowl — The collective use of the singular form is now largely restricted to compounds such as guineafowl and wildfowl …   Modern English usage

  • fowl|er — «FOW luhr», noun. a person who hunts, shoots, catches, or traps wild birds …   Useful english dictionary

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