Definition of fowl in English:


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Pronunciation: /faʊl

noun (plural same or fowls)

1 (also domestic fowl) A gallinaceous bird kept 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. a turkey or goose.
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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.
1.2 [mass noun] The flesh of domesticated birds as food; poultry: a stew of various meats and fowl
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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.
1.3Used in names of birds that resemble the domestic fowl: spurfowl
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  • The mallee fowl are the largest mound builders in Australia.
  • Restrictions and slaughter provisions apply to domestic fowls, turkeys, geese, ducks, guinea fowls, quail, ratites, pigeons, pheasants and partridges reared or kept in captivity.
  • Guinea fowls, though hardy by nature, are susceptible to bacterial, round worm and ranikhet infections.
1.4Birds collectively, especially as the quarry of hunters: an abundance of game, fowl, and fish
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  • These would eventually have flourished, destroying the local housing and creating a forest teeming with fish, fowl, and game.
1.5 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 'bird', of Germanic origin; related to Dutch vogel and German Vogel, also to fly1.

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