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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
capon
noun
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▪ A capon is a surgically unsexed male chicken, usually less than eight months old.
▪ Christmas dinner is built around horsd'oeuvres, various kinds of pasta, capon and turkey.
The Collaborative International Dictionary
Capon

Capon \Ca"pon\ (k[=a]"p'n or k[=a]"p[u^]n; 277), n. [OE. capon, chapoun, AS. cap[=u]n (cf. F. chapon), L. capo, fr. Gr. ka`pwn akin to ko`ptein to cut, OSlav. skopiti to castrate. Cf. Comma.] A castrated cock, esp. when fattened; a male chicken gelded to improve his flesh for the table.
--Shak.

The merry thought of a capon.
--W. Irving.

Capon

Capon \Ca"pon\, v. t. To castrate; to make a capon of.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary
capon

"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.

Wiktionary
capon

n. A cockerel which has been gelded and fattened for the table. vb. (context transitive English) To castrate; to make a capon of.

WordNet
capon
  1. n. flesh of a castrated male chicken

  2. castrated male chicken

Gazetteer
Wikipedia
Capon

A capon (from Latincaponem) is a cockerel or rooster that has been castrated to improve the quality of its flesh for food and, in some countries like Spain, fattened by forced feeding.

In the United Kingdom, birds sold as capons are chemically or physically castrated cocks.

Capon (disambiguation)

A capon is a cockerel whose reproductive organs were removed at an early age.

Capon may also refer to:

  • Capon (surname)
  • Capon Chapel, a landmark in West Virginia
  • Fort Capon, a stockade fort
Capon (surname)

Capon is a surname. Notable people with the surname include:

  • Brecht Capon (born 1988), Belgian football striker
  • Edmund Capon (born 1940), art scholar
  • John Capon (died 1557), Benedictine monk
  • John Capon (cricketer), English cricketer during the 1740s and 1750s
  • Robert Farrar Capon (1925–2013), American Episcopal priest and author
  • William Capon (1480–1550), Fellow of Jesus College
  • William Capon (artist) (1757–1827), painter and scene designer

Usage examples of "capon".

The canons had distributed various joints of meat, chickens, capons, conies, eggs, milk, honey, flour, almonds, and other raw materials among the housewives, who had added what they could, and a great fragrance of roasting, baking and boiling hung over the town during the afternoon.

Between courses he entertained the company with silly tricks and illusions, like making a stuffed capon dance, or floating sauceboats around like ships in the harbor.

This clucking capon and her psychopathic cousins who have dominated the public consciousness for ten years want us to pay attention to this drivel.

Arms held high to thwart the dogs, they carried platters of boar's heads and broth and baked capon so much food it boggled her mind.

And then the justice, In fair round belly with good capon lined, With eyes severe and beard of formal cut, Full of wise saws and modern2 instances.

But as the saying goes, if you can't feed on a capon, feed on an onion.

While they were eating, I took a boiled capon and cut it up in a masterly manner.

As it was, he would have had to partake of thirty pair of such dishes as roast capons and partridges, civet of hare, meat and fish aspics, lark pasties and rissoles of beef marrow, black puddings and sausages, lampreys and savory rice, entremet of swan, peacock, bitterns, and heron “borne on high,” pasties of venison and small birds, fresh and salt-water fish with a gravy of shad “the color of peach blossom,” white leeks with plovers, duck with roast chitterlings, stuffed pigs, eels reversed, frizzled beans-finishing off with fruit wafers, pears, comfits, medlars, peeled nuts, and spiced wine.

There were great joints of aurochs roasted with leeks, venison pies chunky with carrots, bacon, and mushrooms, mutton chops sauced in honey and cloves, savory duck, peppered boar, goose, skewers of pigeon and capon, beef-and-barley stew, cold fruit soup.

They also keep capons, fruit, and other things, and for all these matters there is a book which they call the Bucolics.

Had it been thou that stood before me, I had cut thee into steaks, that art caponed already.

Every day at dinner there is beef, mutton, veal, lamb, kid, pork, conie, capon, pig, or as many of these as the season yielded, besides deer and wildfowl, and fish, and sundry delicacies "wherein the sweet hand of the seafaring Portingale is not wanting.

Four master pyromancers conjured up beasts of living flame to tear at each other with flery claws whilst the serving men ladeled out bowls of blandissory, a mixture of beef broth and boiled wine sweetened with honey and dotted with blanched almonds and chunks of capon.

Besides this, he interrupted the good citizen just as he had reckoned three hundred and seventy-two fat capons, and was carrying them over to the next column.

Now to make this potion we must have three pair of good fat capons, and, for divers other ingredients, thou wilt give one of thy friends here five pounds in small change to purchase them, and thou wilt have everything sent to my shop, and so, please God, I will send thee this distilled potion to-morrow morning, and thou wilt take a good beakerful each time.