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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- The domestic fowl is derived from the wild red junglefowl of SE Asia (see junglefowl)
- 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.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.
- 1.2 [mass noun] The flesh of domesticated birds as food; poultry: a stew of various meats and fowlMore 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.
- 1.3Used in names of birds that resemble the domestic fowl: spurfowlMore example sentences
- 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 fishMore example sentences
- These would eventually have flourished, destroying the local housing and creating a forest teeming with fish, fowl, and game.
- 1.5 • 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 'bird', of Germanic origin; related to Dutch vogel and German Vogel, also to fly1.