The chicken is a fowl.
- A hen is an example of fowl.
- Chicken is an example of fowl.
nounpl. fowls or
- any bird: now only in comb.: wildfowl
- any of various domestic birds used as food; specif.,
- the chicken
- the duck, goose, turkey, etc.
- a full-grown chicken, as distinguished from a springer, etc.
- the flesh of any of these birds used for food
Origin of fowlMiddle English foule, foghel from Old English fugol, akin to German vogel, bird from Germanic an unverified form fuglaz, altered by dissimulation from an unverified form fluglaz from an unverified form flug-, an unverified form fleug- from Indo-European an unverified form pleuk- from source fly
nounpl. fowl, or fowls
- Any of various birds of the order Galliformes, especially the common, widely domesticated chicken (Gallus domesticus).
- a. A bird, such as a duck, goose, turkey, or pheasant, that is used as food or hunted as game.b. The flesh of such birds used as food.
- A bird of any kind.
intransitive verbfowled, fowl·ing, fowls
Origin of fowlMiddle English foul from Old English fugol ; see pleu- in Indo-European roots.
(plural fowl or fowls)
(third-person singular simple present fowls, present participle fowling, simple past and past participle fowled)
- To hunt fowl.
From Middle English foul, foghel, from Old English fugol, from Proto-Germanic *fuglaz, dissimilated variant of *fluglaz (compare Old English flugol ‘fleeing’, Mercian fluglas heofun ‘fowls of the air’), from *fleuganą ‘to fly’. Compare West Frisian fûgel, Low German Vagel, Dutch vogel, German Vogel, Danish fugl. More at fly.