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n. pl. fowl or fowls
1. Any of various birds of the order Galliformes, especially the common, widely domesticated chicken (Gallus domesticus).
a. A bird, such as a duck, goose, turkey, or pheasant, that is used as food or hunted as game.
b. The flesh of such birds used as food.
3. A bird of any kind.
intr.v. fowled, fowl·ing, fowls
To hunt, trap, or shoot wildfowl.

[Middle English foul, from Old English fugol; see pleu- in Indo-European roots.]

fowl′er n.


 (fou′lər), Henry Watson 1858-1933.
British lexicographer who collaborated with his brother Francis (1871-1918) on The King's English (1906) and the Concise Oxford Dictionary (1911). He also wrote A Dictionary of Modern English Usage (1926).


, William Alfred 1911-1995.
American astrophysicist who shared a 1983 Nobel Prize for his work on the structure and evolution of stars, especially the formation of chemical elements within stars.
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(Biography) Henry Watson. 1858–1933, English lexicographer and grammarian; compiler of Modern English Usage (1926)
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(ˈfaʊ lər)

H(enry) W(atson), 1858–1933, English lexicographer.
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Noun1.Fowler - English lexicographer who wrote a well-known book on English usage (1858-1933)Fowler - English lexicographer who wrote a well-known book on English usage (1858-1933)
2.fowler - someone who hunts wild birds for food
hunter, huntsman - someone who hunts game
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References in classic literature ?
Fowler's place -- mother's old mistress, you know -- the lady that father met last summer, who sent you and me five shillings each."
You know them--Brahms, Curtis, and Fowler. She shipped them on the Flibberty-Gibbet along with her."
A FOWLER, taking his bird-lime and his twigs, went out to catch birds.
Then Hans hastened home and brought a fowler's net with little bells and hung it round about her, and she still went on sleeping.
"I want to tell you, I must hand over that rent of Fowler's to the Squire, or else tell him I gave it you; for he's threatening to distrain for it, and it'll all be out soon, whether I tell him or not.
Fowler being a persevering man, as a good seaman should be, blockaded the house, and having met you succeeded by certain arguments, metallic or otherwise, in convincing you that your interests were the same as his."
He had therefore experience to guide him, as well as hope, that he might again, as formerly, be delivered as a prey from the fowler. Above all, he had upon his side the unyielding obstinacy of his nation, and that unbending resolution, with which Israelites have been frequently known to submit to the uttermost evils which power and violence can inflict upon them, rather than gratify their oppressors by granting their demands.
Only they seem to forget that my friends are not more stupid than the birds, and that they will not wait for the hand of the fowler to extend over their wings.
but they come to our lure like chicks to the fowler. To your arms, men!
Lead on, I say, the captor's caught, and fate Hath ta'en the fowler in the toils he spread; So soon are lost gains gotten by deceit.
"The bee is a bird I have never been compelled to seek," returned the other, laughing; "though I have, too, been something of a fowler in my time."
The people wherewith you plant ought to be gardeners, ploughmen, laborers, smiths, carpenters, joiners, fishermen, fowlers, with some few apothecaries, surgeons, cooks, and bakers.