Fowl Fowl (foul), n.

Note: Instead of the pl. {Fowls} the singular is often used collectively. [OE. foul, fowel, foghel, fuhel, fugel, AS. fugol; akin to OS. fugal D. & G. vogel, OHG. fogal, Icel. & Dan. fugl, Sw. fogel, f[*a]gel, Goth. fugls; of unknown origin, possibly by loss of l, from the root of E. fly, or akin to E. fox, as being a tailed animal.] 1. Any bird; esp., any large edible bird. [1913 Webster]

Let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air. --Gen. i. 26. [1913 Webster]

Behold the fowls of the air; for they sow not. --Matt. vi. 26. [1913 Webster]

Like a flight of fowl Scattered by winds and high tempestuous gusts. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

2. Any domesticated bird used as food, as a hen, turkey, duck; in a more restricted sense, the common domestic cock or hen ({Gallus domesticus}). [1913 Webster]

{Barndoor fowl}, or {Barnyard fowl}, a fowl that frequents the barnyard; the common domestic cock or hen. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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  • fowl — (n.) O.E. fugel bird, representing the general Germanic word for them, from P.Gmc. *foglaz (Cf. O.Fris. fugel, O.N. fugl, M.Du. voghel, Du. vogel, Ger. vogel, Goth. fugls), probably by dissimilation from *flug la , lit. flyer, from the same root… …   Etymology dictionary

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