capon

capon

[key-pon, -puhn]
noun
a cockerel castrated to improve the flesh for use as food.

Origin:
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)
 
n
a castrated cock fowl fattened for eating
 
[Old English capun, from Latin cāpō capon; related to Greek koptein to cut off]

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capon
O.E., "a castrated cock," probably reinforced by O.N.Fr. capon, from L. caponem (nom. capo) "to strike off," from PIE base *(s)kep- "to cut."
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