noun, plural fowls, (especially collectively) fowl.
verb (used without object)
- fowl cholera,
- fowl mite,
- fowl paralysis,
- fowl pest,
- fowl pox
Origin of fowl
Examples from the Web for fowl
It is a multimillion-dollar business in which roughly 15 million fowl die a year.The History of the Chicken: How This Humble Bird Saved Humanity|William O’Connor|December 27, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Like all fowl, turkeys tend to go quiet when held upside down.
Both include oysters, crawfish, crab, shrimp, and fish from the Gulf of Mexico, and pork, fowl, and beef.
It is very much like the fowl in some respects but not at all like it in some others.Our Domestic Birds|John H. Robinson
Mrs. Oleander sat before the blazing fire, plucking a fowl; Sally stood at the table, kneading dough.The Unseen Bridgegroom|May Agnes Fleming
Provisions were to be had in great abundance; a fowl and basket of meal weighing 20 lbs.Missionary Travels and Researches in South Africa|David Livingstone
The best way to kill a fowl is to tie it by its legs, hang it up, and then cut off its neck.Housekeeping in Old Virginia|Marion Cabell Tyree
She supped on broth, or the wing of a fowl, and biscuits which she steeped in water.The Peasant and the Prince|Harriet Martineau
Word Origin for fowl
Old English fugel "bird," representing the general Germanic word for them, from Proto-Germanic *foglaz (cf. Old Frisian fugel, Old Norse fugl, Middle Dutch voghel, Dutch vogel, German vogel, Gothic fugls), probably by dissimilation from *flug-la-, literally "flyer," from the same root as Old English fleogan, modern fly (v.1).
Originally "bird;" narrower sense of "domestic hen or rooster" (the main modern meaning) is first recorded 1570s; in U.S. also extended to ducks and geese. As a verb, Old English fuglian "to catch birds." Related: Fowled; fowling.
see neither fish nor fowl.