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blue grouse

a dull gray grouse, Dendragapus obscurus, of western North America, the male of which has a yellow or orange comb.
Also called dusky grouse, sooty grouse.
Origin of blue grouse
An Americanism dating back to 1855-60 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Half an hour later they saw a blue grouse perched rather high up in a cedar.

  • A blue grouse with her late brood scurried across the road seeking the shelter of the thicket.

    The Brand Therese Broderick
  • I spent the day about a mile from camp on top of blue grouse Mountain, a prominent landmark of the country.

    Cruisings in the Cascades George O. Shields
  • In a ravine not far beyond this Jack found his first brood of blue grouse.

    Jack, the Young Ranchman George Bird Grinnell
  • And it was not so small, either; the blue grouse is a large and heavy bird, next to the sage-hen the largest of our grouse.

    With the Indians in the Rockies James Willard Schultz
  • blue grouse are quite plentiful in western Washington and in the wooded sections of eastern Washington.

  • Corresponding in number but larger in size is the blue grouse, of the fir and cedar forests of Western Washington.

    Memoirs of Orange Jacobs Orange Jacobs
  • They had not killed a deer and although they had shot two or three blue grouse a blue grouse is not large.

    Northwest! Harold Bindloss
  • It was very hot, and very still, except when now and then the drumming of a blue grouse came sharply out of the shadows.

  • If they were blue grouse, that would be bad, too, for blue grouse are sharp.

    Pluck on the Long Trail Edwin L. Sabin
British Dictionary definitions for blue grouse

blue grouse

a grouse, Dendragapus obscurus, of W North America, having a bluish-grey plumage with a black tail
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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