(pl. same or fowls
(also domestic fowl)
a gallinaceous bird kept chiefly for its eggs and flesh; a domestic cock or hen.
any other domesticated bird kept for its eggs or flesh, e.g., the turkey, duck, goose, and guineafowl.
the flesh of birds, esp. of the domestic cock or hen, as food; poultry.
birds collectively, esp. as the quarry of hunters.
(arch., exc. in wild-fowl
) bird OE.; domestic cock or hen XVI. OE. fugol
= OS. fugal
, OHG. fogal
(Du., G. vogel
), ON. fugl
, Goth. fugls
:- Gmc. *foʒlaz
, perh. dissim. form of *fluʒlaz
, f. *fluz-
, *fleuʒ- FLY2
, f. fug(e)lian
Term applied to domestic birds, such as chicken or turkey, and game such as pheasant and duck. See also poultry
, befoul, cowl, foul, fowl, growl, howl, jowl, owl, prowl, Rabaul, scowl, yowl
•gamefowl • peafowl • wildfowl
•moorfowl • waterfowl