Note: Instead of the pl. Fowls the singular is often used collectively.
1. Any bird; esp., any large edible bird.
Let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air. --Gen. i. 26.
Behold the fowls of the air; for they sow not. --Matt. vi. 26.
Like a flight of fowl
Scattered by winds and high tempestuous gusts. --Shak.
2. Any domesticated bird used as food, as a hen, turkey, duck; in a more restricted sense, the common domestic cock or hen (Gallus domesticus).
Barndoor fowl, or Barnyard fowl, a fowl that frequents the barnyard; the common domestic cock or hen.
Fowl, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Fowled p. pr. & vb. n. Fowling.] 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. --Blackstone.
Fowling piece, a light gun with smooth bore, adapted for the use of small shot in killing birds or small quadrupeds.
n 1: a domesticated gallinaceous bird though to be descended from
the red jungle fowl [syn: domestic fowl, poultry]
2: the flesh of a bird or fowl (wild or domestic) used as food
v 1: hunt fowl
2: hunt fowl in the forest