Fowl meaning

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To catch, trap, hunt, or shoot wild birds for food or sport.
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A bird of any kind.
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Any bird.

Wildfowl.

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Any of various birds of the order Galliformes, especially the common, widely domesticated chicken (Gallus domesticus).
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To hunt, trap, or shoot wildfowl.
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Any of various domestic birds used as food.
  • The chicken.
  • The duck, goose, turkey, etc.
  • A full-grown chicken, as distinguished from a springer, etc.
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The flesh of any of these birds used for food.
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Any of various birds of the order Galliformes, especially the common, widely domesticated chicken (Gallus domesticus).
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A bird of any kind.
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The definition of a fowl is a bird used for food.

A hen is an example of fowl.

Chicken is an example of fowl.

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(archaic) A bird.
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A bird of the order Galliformes, including chickens, turkeys, pheasant, partridges and quail.
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Birds which are hunted or kept for food, including Galliformes and also waterfowl of the order Anseriformes such as ducks, geese and swans.
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To hunt fowl.
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Origin of fowl

  • Middle English foul from Old English fugol pleu- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • 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.

    From Wiktionary