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is an adjective
used to describe something revolting or distasteful. Foul
is also a noun
to denote unfair play in sport.
- In fair weather, you must prepare for foul weather. (Thomas Fuller)
- "That was a foul, referee."
is a noun
that refers to birds, namely gamefowl, landfowl, and waterfowl.
- Many birds that are eaten by humans are fowl, including poultry such as chickens or turkeys.
The adjective foul
describes something repulsive. In sport, the noun foul
is a violation of the rules of the game.
- It is better to use fair means and fail than foul means and conquer. (Sallust)
- Golf is the only game I know where you call a foul on yourself. (Joe Torre)
The noun fowl
describes birds. Fowl can be barnyard, domesticated, or wild birds.
- People always say "Etta, you know what your problem is? You're neither fish nor fowl. There is no place to rack you." (Etta James)
- Many languages do not distinguish between "poultry" and "fowl."
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