"bird," general Gmc. word (cf. Gothic fugls
), from P.Gmc. *foglaz
(cf. O.N. fugl,
), probably by dissimilation from *flug-la-,
lit. "flyer," from the same root as O.E. fleogan,
(v.1). Originally "bird;" narrower sense of "domestic hen or rooster" (the main modern meaning) is first recorded 1580; in U.S. also extended to ducks and geese.