noun (plural same or fowls)(also domestic fowl)
- 1A gallinaceous bird kept chiefly for its eggs and flesh; a domestic cock or hen.
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- The domestic fowl is descended from the wild red junglefowl of Southeast Asia (see jungle fowl)
- Although this assumption has not been rigorously tested in wild bird populations, data from domestic fowl suggest that, indeed, immunocompetence measurements might not be antigen specific.
- These birds also express high levels of a bacteriolytic lysozyme which is more similar in amino acid sequence to the rock pigeon than that of the domestic fowl.
- Breeds of domestic fowl are described under hen/chicken breeds.
- 1.1Any other domesticated bird kept for its eggs or flesh, e.g., the turkey, duck, goose, and guineafowl.More example sentences
- In addition, my family included nine dogs, about 40 ducks and domestic fowls, eight geese, a Bornean deer that weighed about 150 pounds, and two long-armed apes.
- In one large enterprise about two years ago they started breeding fowl - chicken and geese.
- The government destroyed almost 1.4 million chickens, ducks, geese and other fowl in the territory last month to stop the spread of an avian influenza.
- 1.2The flesh of birds, especially of the domestic cock or hen, as food; poultry.More example sentences
- There was other meat galore, too, steak, pork, fowl, bacon, etc.
- The borders are now completely closed for beef, fowl and pork imports.
- If you like red meat better than fowl, eat it more often.
- 1.3Birds collectively, especially as the quarry of hunters.More example sentences
- These would eventually have flourished, destroying the local housing and creating a forest teeming with fish, fowl, and game.
- 1.4 • archaic A bird.More example sentences
- The birds we have had have been the ordinary fowl of a village garden: jackdaws, starlings, magpies, chaffinches and so on.
Old English fugol, originally the general term for a bird, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch vogel and German Vogel, also to fly1.