- either of two plump, short-legged migratory game birds of variegated brown plumage, the Eurasian Scolopax rusticola and the smaller American Philohela minor.
- any of various pileated or ivory-billed woodpeckers.
- Archaic. a simpleton.
Origin of woodcock
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Examples from the Web for woodcock
I was also struck by the range of food—he talks about eating tripe and woodcock.Reichl’s Favorite Food Books
August 11, 2011
The Woodcock is very rare, because it is only to be met with in inhabited countries.The History of Louisiana
Le Page Du Pratz
Like old Woodcock in the play, my cry is—'No money till I die.'
No, but I would sell my parole for a mess of woodcock, Harry.The Lady and the Pirate
"He was coming round by the other side—shot a woodcock there once, sir," he said.The New Tenant
E. Phillips Oppenheim
The law allows thirty woodcock, thirty partridges, and two deer to every hunter.A Young Man in a Hurry
Robert W. Chambers
- an Old World game bird, Scolopax rusticola, resembling the snipe but larger and having shorter legs and neck: family Scolopacidae (sandpipers, etc), order Charadriiformes
- a related North American bird, Philohela minor
- obsolete a simpleton
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Word Origin and History for woodcock
Old English wuducoc, from wudu "wood" (n.) + coc "cock."
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper