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A capon is a castrated cockerel (rooster).
Caponisation produces a bird prized for its tenderness, and takes the stringiness out of a cockerel's meat.
The Romans are credited with inventing the capon. The Lex Faunia of 162 BCE forbade fattening hens as a way of conserving grain. In order to get around this the Romans castrated roosters, which resulted in a doubling of size.
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