WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2017
fowl /faʊl/USA pronunciation   n., pl.  fowls, (esp. when thought of as a group) fowl. 
  1. Animal Husbandrya domestic hen or rooster;
  2. Birdsany of several other similar birds, such as turkeys or pheasants.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2017
fowl  (foul),USA pronunciation n., pl.  fowls,  (esp. collectively) fowl, v. 
  1. Animal Husbandrythe domestic or barnyard hen or rooster;
    chicken. Cf. domestic fowl.
  2. Birdsany of several other, usually gallinaceous, birds that are barnyard, domesticated, or wild, as the duck, turkey, or pheasant.
  3. Animal Husbandry(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 (used chiefly in combination):waterfowl; wildfowl.

  1. to hunt or take wildfowl.
  • bef. 900; Middle English foul, Old English fugol, fugel; cognate with Old Saxon fugal, Gothic fugls, Old High German fogal (German Vogel)

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

fowl /faʊl/ n
  1. any other bird, esp any gallinaceous bird, that is used as food or hunted as game
  2. the flesh or meat of fowl, esp of chicken
  3. an archaic word for any bird
  1. (intransitive) to hunt or snare wildfowl
Etymology: Old English fugol; related to Old Frisian fugel, Old Norse fogl, Gothic fugls, Old High German fogal

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