The noun fowl usually means domesticated birds kept for eating or producing eggs. If your friend brings you eggs from the chickens she keeps in her back yard, you can say that she has pet fowl.

Fowl comes from the Old English fugel, "bird," meant simply that — "bird." Today, fowl usually refers specifically to chickens or other kinds of domesticated birds that lay eggs or are raised to be eaten. Occasionally, fowl is used interchangeably with poultry, to mean the flesh of that same kind of bird when it's eaten; you could describe your family as being fond of pork, beef, and fowl.

Definitions of fowl

n a domesticated gallinaceous bird thought to be descended from the red jungle fowl

domestic fowl, poultry
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an English breed of large domestic fowl having five toes (the hind toe doubled)
Plymouth Rock
an American breed of domestic fowl
Cornish, Cornish fowl
English breed of compact domestic fowl; raised primarily to crossbreed to produce roasters
Rock Cornish
small plump hybrid developed by crossbreeding Plymouth Rock and Cornish fowl
game fowl
any of several breeds reared for cockfighting
cochin, cochin china
Asian breed of large fowl with dense plumage and feathered legs
Gallus gallus, chicken
a domestic fowl bred for flesh or eggs; believed to have been developed from the red jungle fowl
any of various small breeds of fowl
Meleagris gallopavo, turkey
large gallinaceous bird with fan-shaped tail; widely domesticated for food
Numida meleagris, guinea, guinea fowl
a west African bird having dark plumage mottled with white; native to Africa but raised for food in many parts of the world
biddy, chick
young bird especially of domestic fowl
cock, rooster
adult male chicken
castrated male chicken
biddy, hen
adult female chicken
spring chicken
a young chicken having tender meat
Rhode Island red
American breed of heavy-bodied brownish-red general-purpose chicken
Dominick, Dominique
American breed of chicken having barred grey plumage raised for meat and brown eggs
English breed of large chickens with white skin
gobbler, tom, tom turkey, turkey cock
male turkey
guinea hen
female guinea fowl
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gallinacean, gallinaceous bird
heavy-bodied largely ground-feeding domestic or game birds

n the flesh of a bird or fowl (wild or domestic) used as food

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flesh of chickens or turkeys or ducks or geese raised for food
flesh of any of a number of wild game birds suitable for food
chicken, poulet, volaille
the flesh of a chicken used for food
Rock Cornish hen
flesh of a small fowl bred for roasting
guinea hen
flesh of a guinea fowl (especially of hens)
dove, squab
flesh of a pigeon suitable for roasting or braising; flesh of a dove (young squab) may be broiled
flesh of a duck (domestic or wild)
flesh of a goose (domestic or wild)
flesh of any of various grouse of the family Tetraonidae; usually roasted; flesh too dry to broil
flesh of quail; suitable for roasting or broiling if young; otherwise must be braised
flesh of either quail or grouse
flesh of a pheasant; usually braised
flesh of large domesticated fowl usually roasted
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the flesh of animals (including fishes and birds and snails) used as food

v hunt fowl

Type of:
hunt, hunt down, run, track down
pursue for food or sport (as of wild animals)

v hunt fowl in the forest

hunt grouse
Type of:
hunt, hunt down, run, track down
pursue for food or sport (as of wild animals)

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