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spruce grouse

a grouse, Canachites canadensis, of coniferous forests of northern North America, that feeds on evergreen buds and needles.
Origin of spruce grouse
An Americanism dating back to 1835-45 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • It was easy enough to roast a spruce grouse on the end of a stick.

    Troop One of the Labrador Dillon Wallace
  • In previous years ptarmigans and spruce grouse had been so plentiful that they were easily killed when needed.

    The Gaunt Gray Wolf Dillon Wallace
  • We came upon two or three broods of spruce grouse in the road, so tame that one could have knocked them over with poles.

    Locusts and Wild Honey John Burroughs
  • The spruce grouse is usually found in dense thickets and groves or swamps of evergreen woods.

    Bird Guide Chester A. Reed
  • Presently he flushed a covey of spruce grouse, which rose from the ground and settled in a tree.

    Troop One of the Labrador Dillon Wallace
British Dictionary definitions for spruce grouse

spruce grouse

a game bird, Dendragapus canadensis, occurring in Canadian coniferous forests
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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