Definition of fowl noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//faʊl//
    ; NAmE NAmE//faʊl//
    Meat, Birds
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  1. 1 [countable, uncountable] (pl. fowl, fowls) a bird that is kept for its meat and eggs, for example a chicken a variety of domestic fowl fowl such as turkeys and ducks See related entries: Meat, Birds
  2. 2 [countable] (old use) any bird see also guinea fowl, waterfowl, wildfowl See related entries: Birds
  3. Word OriginOld English fugol ‘bird’, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch vogel and German Vogel, also to fly (verb).Idioms neither one thing nor another The hovercraft has always suffered from the fact that it is neither fish nor fowl.
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