Meaning of fowl

fowl

Pronunciation: (foul), [key]
— n., pl. v. fowls, fowl,
—n.
  1. the domestic or barnyard hen or rooster; chicken. Cf. domestic fowl.
  2. any of several other, usually gallinaceous, birds that are barnyard, domesticated, or wild, as the duck, turkey, or pheasant.
  3. (in market and household use) 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.
  1. to hunt or take wildfowl.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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