from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Any of various birds of the order Galliformes, especially the common, widely domesticated chicken (Gallus gallus).
- n. A bird, such as the duck, goose, turkey, or pheasant, that is used as food or hunted as game.
- n. The flesh of such birds used as food.
- n. A bird of any kind.
- intransitive v. To hunt, trap, or shoot wildfowl.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A bird.
- n. A bird of the order Galliformes, including chickens, turkeys, pheasant, partridges and quail.
- n. Birds which are hunted or kept for food, including Galliformes and also waterfowl of the order Anseriformes such as ducks, geese and swans.
- v. To hunt fowl.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. Any bird; esp., any large edible bird.
- n. Any domesticated bird used as food, as a hen, turkey, duck; in a more restricted sense, the common domestic cock or hen (Gallus domesticus).
- intransitive v. To catch or kill wild fowl, for game or food, as by shooting, or by decoys, nets, etc.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A bird: generally unchanged in the plural when used in a collective or generic sense.
- n. Specifically A barn-yard cock or hen; also, a domestic duck or turkey; in the plural, poultry.
- n. See the qualifying words.
- 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.
- To hunt wild fowl over or in; catch or kill wild fowl in.
- An obsolete variant of foul.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a domesticated gallinaceous bird thought to be descended from the red jungle fowl
- v. hunt fowl
- n. the flesh of a bird or fowl (wild or domestic) used as food
- v. hunt fowl in the forest
Middle English foul, from Old English fugol; see pleu- in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English foul, foghel, from Old English fugol, from Proto-Germanic *fuglaz, dissimilated variant of *fluglaz (compare Old English flugol ‘fleeing’, Mercian fluglas heofun ‘fowls of the air’), from *fleuganan ‘to fly’. More at fly. (Wiktionary)