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a bird used for food or hunted as game; chicken, turkey, duck, pheasant
Not to be confused with:
foul – unfair; unclean; rotten; grossly offensive to the senses; disgustingly loathsome: a foul smell; unfavorable: foul weather
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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.
American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright © 2016 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
1. (Animals) See domestic fowl
2. (Animals) any other bird, esp any gallinaceous bird, that is used as food or hunted as game. See also waterfowl, wildfowl
3. (Cookery) the flesh or meat of fowl, esp of chicken
4. (Animals) an archaic word for any bird
(Hunting) (intr) to hunt or snare wildfowl
[Old English fugol; related to Old Frisian fugel, Old Norse fogl, Gothic fugls, Old High German fogal]
Collins English Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged, 12th Edition 2014 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1994, 1998, 2000, 2003, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2014
n., pl. fowls, (esp. collectively) fowl,
1. any domestic hen or rooster; chicken.
2. any of several other, usu. gallinaceous, birds, as turkeys or pheasants.
3. a full-grown domestic fowl for food purposes, as distinguished from a chicken or young fowl.
4. the flesh or meat of a domestic fowl.
5. any bird (used chiefly in combination): waterfowl; wildfowl.v.i.
6. to hunt or take wildfowl.
[before 900; Middle English foul, Old English fugol, fugel; c. Old Saxon fugal, Old High German fogal]
Random House Kernerman Webster's College Dictionary, © 2010 K Dictionaries Ltd. Copyright 2005, 1997, 1991 by Random House, Inc. All rights reserved.
1. A bird, such as a chicken, duck, or dove, that is raised or hunted for food.
2. In scientific usage, any of various birds having large heavy bodies, short wings, and legs built for running and scratching the ground. Most fowl nest on the ground. The turkey, pheasant, quail, grouse, partridge, and chicken are fowl.
The American Heritage® Student Science Dictionary, Second Edition. Copyright © 2014 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
fowl, poultry - Chickens, ducks, geese, pheasants, and turkey are fowl in the wild and poultry if domesticated.
See also related terms for poultry.
Farlex Trivia Dictionary. © 2012 Farlex, Inc. All rights reserved.
Past participle: fowled
Collins English Verb Tables © HarperCollins Publishers 2011
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|Noun||1.||fowl - a domesticated gallinaceous bird thought to be descended from the red jungle fowl|
Dorking - an English breed of large domestic fowl having five toes (the hind toe doubled)
Plymouth Rock - an American breed of domestic fowl
Cornish fowl, Cornish - English breed of compact domestic fowl; raised primarily to crossbreed to produce roasters
Rock Cornish - small plump hybrid developed by crossbreeding Plymouth Rock and Cornish fowl
game fowl - any of several breeds reared for cockfighting
Gallus gallus, chicken - a domestic fowl bred for flesh or eggs; believed to have been developed from the red jungle fowl
bantam - any of various small breeds of fowl
Meleagris gallopavo, turkey - large gallinaceous bird with fan-shaped tail; widely domesticated for food
guinea fowl, Numida meleagris, guinea - a west African bird having dark plumage mottled with white; native to Africa but raised for food in many parts of the world
saddle - posterior part of the back of a domestic fowl
poultry - flesh of chickens or turkeys or ducks or geese raised for food
|2.||fowl - the flesh of a bird or fowl (wild or domestic) used as food|
bird - warm-blooded egg-laying vertebrates characterized by feathers and forelimbs modified as wings
poultry - flesh of chickens or turkeys or ducks or geese raised for food
wildfowl - flesh of any of a number of wild game birds suitable for food
drumstick - the lower joint of the leg of a fowl
wing - the wing of a fowl; "he preferred the drumsticks to the wings"
oyster - a small muscle on each side of the back of a fowl
meat - the flesh of animals (including fishes and birds and snails) used as food
dark meat - the flesh of the legs of fowl used as food
|Verb||1.||fowl - hunt fowl|
|2.||fowl - hunt fowl in the forest|
grouse - hunt grouse
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noun poultry Ducks and many other animals are fowl.
Types of fowlAmerican wigeon or baldpate, Ancona chicken, Andalusian chicken, Australorp chicken, bantam chicken, barnacle goose, Bewick's swan, black swan, blue duck, blue goose, Brahma chicken, brush turkey, bufflehead, Campine chicken, Canada goose, canvasback, Cochin chicken, cock or cockerel, Dorking chicken, duck, eider or eider duck, Faverolle chicken, gadwall, goldeneye, goosander, goose, greylag or greylag goose, Hamburg chicken, harlequin duck, hen, Houdan chicken, Leghorn chicken, magpie goose, mallard, mallee fowl or (Austral.) gnow, mandarin duck, marsh hen, megapode, merganser or sawbill, Minorca chicken, moorhen, Muscovy duck or musk duck, mute swan, nene, New Hampshire chicken, Orpington chicken, paradise duck, pintail, Plymouth Rock chicken, pochard, redhead, Rhode Island Red chicken, ruddy duck, scaup or scaup duck, screamer, sea duck, shelduck, shoveler, smew, snow goose, sultan, Sumatra chicken, Sussex chicken, swan, teal, trumpeter swan, turkey, velvet scoter, whistling swan, whooper or whooper swan, wigeon or widgeon, wood duck, Wyandotte chicken
Collins Thesaurus of the English Language – Complete and Unabridged 2nd Edition. 2002 © HarperCollins Publishers 1995, 2002
1. (= hens etc) (collective n) → aves fpl de corral; (= one bird) → ave f de corral; (served as food) → ave f
Collins Spanish Dictionary - Complete and Unabridged 8th Edition 2005 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1971, 1988 © HarperCollins Publishers 1992, 1993, 1996, 1997, 2000, 2003, 2005
fowl[ˈfaʊl] n (= birds) → volaille f
Collins English/French Electronic Resource. © HarperCollins Publishers 2005
(= poultry) → Geflügel nt; (= one bird) → Huhn nt → /Gans f → /Truthahn m → etc; to keep fowl → Hühner etc halten; roast fowl (Cook) → Brathuhn nt
the fowls of the air (liter) → die Vögel des Himmels
vi (also to go fowling) → auf Vogeljagd gehen
Collins German Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged 7th Edition 2005. © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1980 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1997, 1999, 2004, 2005, 2007
Collins Italian Dictionary 1st Edition © HarperCollins Publishers 1995
fowl(faul) – plurals fowl ~fowls – noun
a bird, especially domestic, eg hens, ducks, geese etc. He keeps fowls and a few pigs. pluimvee طَيْر، دجاجَه птица ave drůbež das Geflügel fjerkræ πουλερικό ave de corral (kodu)lind پرنده؛ طیور kanalintu oiseau de basse-courעוף पालतू चिड़िया ptica, perad baromfi unggas (ali)fugl volatile 家禽 닭, (집오리, 칠면조 등의) 가금 naminis paukštis mājputns burung vogelfjærfe, hønedrób مرغان، طیور ave pasăre de curte домашняя птица hydina perutnina perad höns[fågel], fjäderfä สัตว์ปีกที่เลี้ยงไว้ใช้เป็นอาหารใครัวเรือน kümes hayvanı 家禽 птиця انڈے دینے والے پالتو پرندوں میں سے کوئی thịt gia cầm; gia súc 家禽
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