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capon

[key-pon, -puh n] /ˈkeɪ pɒn, -pən/
noun
1.
a cockerel castrated to improve the flesh for use as food.
Origin
1000
before 1000; Middle English; Old English capun < Latin capōn- (stem of capō) castrated cock; akin to Greek kóptein to cut, OCS skopiti to castrate
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capon

/ˈkeɪpən/
noun
1.
a castrated cock fowl fattened for eating
Word Origin
Old English capun, from Latin cāpō capon; related to Greek koptein to cut off
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Word Origin and History for capon
n.

"a castrated cock," late Old English capun, from Latin caponem (nominative capo) "castrated cock" (also source of French chapon, Spanish capon, Italian cappone), perhaps literally "to strike off," from PIE root *(s)kep- "to cut" (see hatchet (n.)). Probably reinforced in Middle English by cognate Old North French capon.

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