Definition of fowl in English:


Syllabification: fowl
Pronunciation: /foul

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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  • 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.
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  • 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.
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  • 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.
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  • These would eventually have flourished, destroying the local housing and creating a forest teeming with fish, fowl, and game.
1.4 archaic A bird.
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  • 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.

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