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ruffed grouse

a North American grouse, Bonasa umbellus, having a tuft of black feathers on each side of the neck.
Origin of ruffed grouse
An Americanism dating back to 1745-55 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • There were ruffed grouse in the woods, in the creeks were speckled trout in abundance, and my friend rioted among them.

    The Wolf's Long Howl Stanley Waterloo
  • Now and then, ahead of her, she saw a ruffed grouse wandering in the trail.

    The Flaming Jewel Robert W. Chambers
  • There the ruffed grouse struts about and feeds upon the nuts and berries; and there are the squirrels, black, gray and red.

    The Cassowary Stanley Waterloo
  • Its food and habits are similar to those of the ruffed grouse.

  • ruffed grouse and quail very often have been shipped in egg crates, marked "eggs."

    Our Vanishing Wild Life William T. Hornaday
  • I said at the first that the ruffed grouse stay with us all the year.

  • ruffed grouse produce with theirs a rolling drum-like effect, and others rattle theirs like castanets.

    The Children's Book of Birds Olive Thorne Miller
  • The ruffed grouse can easily be detected by the drumming sound which it makes.

    Endurance Test Alan Douglas
  • The ruffed grouse strutted and drummed in every wood, copse, and cobble.

    Vermont Rowland E. Robinson
  • Bob-white and ruffed grouse are the fife and drum corps of the woods.

British Dictionary definitions for ruffed grouse

ruffed grouse

a large North American grouse, Bonasa umbellus, having brown plumage with darker markings around the neck and a black-tipped fan-shaped tail
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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