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Chiefly British.
  1. the male red grouse.
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Origin of moorcock

Middle English word dating back to 1300–50
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Examples from the Web for moorcock

Historical Examples

  • And here is a moorcock's; and this—I should know it among a thousand—it's a lapwing's.

    Emily Bront

    A. Mary F. (Agnes Mary Frances) Robinson

  • Yes,” he said; “take Moorcock, my boy, and the stoutest saddle and bridle you can find.

    Crown and Sceptre

    George Manville Fenn

  • The Moorcock or Heathcock is curious, inasmuch as there are two distinct forms in which it is depicted.

    A Complete Guide to Heraldry

    Arthur Charles Fox-Davies

  • After finishing the chapel my uncle Joshua commenced the erection of a tavern, called the “Moorcock,” at Harden.

    Adventures and Recollections

    Bill o'th' Hoylus End

British Dictionary definitions for moorcock


  1. the male of the red grouse
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