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From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Fowl n.
 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.