[ key-pon, -puh n ]
/ ˈkeɪ pɒn, -pən /


a cockerel castrated to improve the flesh for use as food.


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Origin of capon

before 1000; Middle English; Old English capun < Latin capōn- (stem of capō) castrated cock; akin to Greek kóptein to cut, OCS skopiti to castrate Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for capon

/ (ˈkeɪpən) /


a castrated cock fowl fattened for eating

Word Origin for capon

Old English capun, from Latin cāpō capon; related to Greek koptein to cut off
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