- The chicken.
- The duck, goose, turkey, etc.
- A full-grown chicken, as distinguished from a springer, etc.
A hen is an example of fowl.
Chicken is an example of fowl.
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.