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blue grouse

noun
1.
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
1855-1860
An Americanism dating back to 1855-60
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  • If they were blue grouse, that would be bad, too, for blue grouse are sharp.

    Pluck on the Long Trail

    Edwin L. Sabin
  • About Victoria there were found, he said, two species of grouse,—the ruffed grouse and the blue grouse.

    Jack the Young Canoeman

    George Bird Grinnell
  • It was very hot, and very still, except when now and then the drumming of a blue grouse came sharply out of the shadows.

  • Half an hour later they saw a blue grouse perched rather high up in a cedar.

  • The young ones about half grown are good eating, though not near so good as the blue grouse or the pheasant.

    Jack, the Young Ranchman

    George Bird Grinnell
  • Stored food supplied the main subsistence during the winter, but sagehens, blue grouse, and snowshoe rabbits were also taken.

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

    The Brand

    Therese Broderick
  • 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.

British Dictionary definitions for blue grouse

blue grouse

noun
1.
a grouse, Dendragapus obscurus, of W North America, having a bluish-grey plumage with a black tail
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