a castrated rooster, esp. one fattened for eating
Origin of caponMiddle English capoun ; from Old English capun and amp; Old French chapon ; from Classical Latin capo ; from Indo-European base an unverified form (s)kep-, to cut from source shaft
A male chicken castrated when young to improve the quality of its flesh for food.
Origin of caponMiddle English capoun, from Old English cap&umacron;n and from Old French capon, both from Latin cap&omacron;, cap&omacron;n-.
- A cockerel which has been gelded and fattened for the table.
(third-person singular simple present capons, present participle caponing, simple past and past participle caponed)
- To castrate; to make a capon of.