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  Dictionary Definition of fowl

fowl
noun ( plural fowls or, especially collectively, fowl )

1. the domestic or barnyard hen or cock ( domestic fowl ), a gallinaceous bird (often designated as Gallus domesticus ) of the pheasant family, descended from wild species of Gallus ( jungle fowl ).
2. any of various other gallinaceous or similar birds, as the turkey or duck.
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 (now chiefly in combination): waterfowl, wildfowl.
-- verb (i)
6. to hunt or take wildfowl.
[ME foule, OE fugel, c. G Vogel ]