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sage grouse

a large grouse, Centrocercus urophasianus, of the sagebrush regions of western North America, having plumage of gray, buff, and black.
Origin of sage grouse
First recorded in 1870-75 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • sage grouse and sharp-tailed grouse; nearly all the shore birds.

    Our Vanishing Wild Life William T. Hornaday
  • The sage grouse, or sage hen is the largest of the grouse of America, some of the males weighing as much as seven pounds.

  • A peculiarity of the sage grouse is that it has no gizzard, but instead it has a stomach more like that of an animal.

  • sage grouse and Columbian sharp-tailed grouse are so nearly extinct that it may practically be said that they are extinct.

    Our Vanishing Wild Life William T. Hornaday
  • Sheridan and Johnson Counties (Wyoming) have sage grouse protected until 1915.

    Our Vanishing Wild Life William T. Hornaday
  • sage grouse and sharp-tailed grouse are becoming extinct, both in Wyoming and North Dakota.

    Our Vanishing Wild Life William T. Hornaday
  • Now there is not a deer, an antelope, or a sage grouse within fifty miles of that lifeless waste.

    Our Vanishing Wild Life William T. Hornaday
  • With the exception of the sage grouse, this species is the largest of the family, being about 20 inches in length.

    The Bird Book Chester A. Reed
  • If they were sage grouse, I might not get near enough to them to shoot sure with my one arrow.

    Pluck on the Long Trail

    Edwin L. Sabin
British Dictionary definitions for sage grouse

sage grouse

a large North American grouse, Centrocercus urophasianus, the males of which perform elaborate courtship displays
Word Origin
C19: so named because it lives among, and eats, sagebrush
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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