AskDefine | Define capon

Dictionary Definition



1 flesh of a castrated male chicken
2 castrated male chicken

User Contributed Dictionary



καπωυ: to cut through Latin capo -are through Anglo Saxon capūn to Old English.


  • /ˈkeɪpə̆n/


  1. A cockerel which has been gelded and fattened for the table.



Dictionary notes

  • Websters 1902 defines it as a castrated cock, but the image is too terrifying.

Extensive Definition

A capon is a cockerel (a male chicken) whose reproductive organs were removed at a young age. Typically, the castration is performed when the chicken is between 6 and 20 weeks old. The benefits are a non-aggressive male that can serve as a mother for baby chicks. They also produce ample, tender meat when butchered and as such are a choice poultry meat in some locales.
Due to the high fat content, they are self-basting.
The caponisation of poultry is banned in the United Kingdom on animal welfare grounds, though the meat itself is not illegal.
capon in German: Kapaun
capon in Spanish: Capón
capon in French: Chapon
capon in Galician: Capón
capon in Italian: Cappone
capon in Luxembourgish: Chapon
capon in Dutch: Kapoen
capon in Polish: Kapłon
capon in Russian: Каплун
capon in Sicilian: Capuni
capon in Finnish: Syöttökukko
capon in Swedish: Kapun
capon in Chinese: 閹雞
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