• WordNet 3.6
    • v fowl hunt fowl in the forest
    • v fowl hunt fowl
    • n fowl a domesticated gallinaceous bird thought to be descended from the red jungle fowl
    • n fowl the flesh of a bird or fowl (wild or domestic) used as food
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Additional illustrations & photos:

A Trussed Fowl A Trussed Fowl

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Fowl Any bird; esp., any large edible bird. "Let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air.""Behold the fowls of the air; for they sow not.""Like a flight of fowl Scattered by winds and high tempestuous gusts."
    • Fowl Any domesticated bird used as food, as a hen, turkey, duck; in a more restricted sense, the common domestic cock or hen (Gallus domesticus).
    • v. i Fowl To catch or kill wild fowl, for game or food, as by shooting, or by decoys, nets, etc. "Such persons as may lawfully hunt, fish, or fowl ."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n fowl A bird: generally unchanged in the plural when used in a collective or generic sense.
    • n fowl Specifically A barn-yard cock or hen; also, a domestic duck or turkey; in the plural, poultry. [This is now the usual meaning of the word when used without qualification, bird being the general term for a feathered biped.]
    • n fowl See the qualifying words.
    • fowl To catch or kill wild fowl as game or for food, as by means of decoys, nets, or snares, by pursuing them with falcons or hawks, or by shooting.
    • fowl To hunt wild fowl over or in; catch or kill wild fowl in.
    • fowl An obsolete variant of foul.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Fowl fowl a bird: a bird of the barn-door or poultry kind, a cock or hen: the flesh of fowl
    • v.i Fowl to kill fowls by shooting or snaring
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Neither fish nor fowl - Something or someone that is neither fish nor fowl doesn't really fit into any one group.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. foul, fowel, foghel, fuhel, fugel, AS. fugol,; akin to OS. fugal, D. & G. vogel, OHG. fogal, Icel. & Dan. fugl, Sw. fogel, fågel, 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


In literature:

I should like to have that fowl.
"Fairy Tales of Hans Christian Andersen" by Hans Christian Andersen
When a child is born a fowl is waved over it as a kind of offering to the gods and spirits.
"Children of Borneo" by Edwin Herbert Gomes
With the Guinea-fowl I succeed even better.
"The Glow-Worm and Other Beetles" by Jean Henri Fabre
Three old men had no money, and brought, respectively, a broom, some dried fish, and two fowls.
"Scenes in the Hawaiian Islands and California" by Mary Evarts Anderson
He returned in a moment with two fowling-pieces in his hands, and proceeded to load them.
"Watch and Wait" by Oliver Optic
I never have seen on the water any fowl that were wild, but it is crowded with swimming and diving birds.
"Highways and Byways in Surrey" by Eric Parker
The lake abounds with various kinds of excellent fish and wild fowl.
"Travels in North America, From Modern Writers" by William Bingley
They did not let her stay with her sisters and the other fowls any longer, but she was placed in a large room by herself.
"Dick and His Cat and Other Tales" by Various
If ducks or any other fowls are slightly injured by being kept long, dip them in weak saleratus water before cooking them.
"The American Housewife" by Anonymous
There is a similar difference between chicken and fowl.
"Scouting For Girls, Official Handbook of the Girl Scouts" by Girl Scouts

In poetry:

Whereat the renovated fowl
With grateful thanks profuse,
Took from her wing a quill and wrote
This lay of a Golden Goose.
"The Lay Of A Golden Goose" by Louisa May Alcott
The heath-fowl wing their rapid flight,
The sailing curlew screams,
And on Cairntable's distant height
A speck of sunshine gleams.
"Cameron's Stone" by Alexander Anderson
Weird laid he on her, sore sickness he wrought,
Fowl are a-singing.
That self-same hour to death was she brought.
Agnes, fair Agnes!
"Agnes And The Hill-Man" by William Morris
Where Nature hath in store
Fowl, venison, and fish;
And the fruitfull'st soil,
Without your toil,
Three harvests more,
All greater than your wish.
"To The Virginian Voyage" by Michael Drayton
And Kelvin's stream, where fishes glide,
And timid fowl their plumage lave,
Where drooping willows by its side,
Their graceful branches gently wave.
"Kelvin" by Thomas Frederick Young
He sewed the lily, and he sewed the rose,
And the little fowls of the air;
Then fell the damsels a-marvelling,
For nought had they missed him there.
"Hafbur And Signy" by William Morris

In news:

It is apparently a conflict of fowl competition.
Fowl bound for exhibition at Mount Vernon.
High rainfall, faulty septic and sewer tanks and large concentrations of water fowl and other wildlife commonly contribute to high levels of bacteria, she said.
The Cupertino City Council is still looking for solutions on dealing with water fowl in Cupertino parks.
Lawmakers cry "fowl" over move to help lesser prairie chicken.
Warren may get tough on fowl under law changes.
Lawmakers cry " fowl " over move to help lesser prairie chicken.
Ben Lomond couple adopts four rescued fowl .
Nov 19, 2012 by Stephen Fowl .
Reclaim our park from foul fowl Editorial.
A Fowl Claim About Chik-fil-A.
Fair seeing more ' fowl ' entries.
Children's Corner: New flights of fancy for ' Fowl ' author Eoin Colfer.
Legal eagles cry fowl over politicians' plans to block Chick-fil-A.
Parent calls ' fowl ' on Chick-fil-A partnership with Draper school.

In science:

Abstract. Compression wave analysis started nearly 50 years ago with Fowles. Coperthwaite and Williams gave a method that helps identify simple and steady waves.
Compression Waves and Phase Plots: Simulations