a large grouse, Lyrurus tetrix, of Europe and western Asia, the male of which is black, the female mottled gray and brown.
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Origin of black grouse
First recorded in 1820–30
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British Dictionary definitions for black grouse
Also called: black game a large N European grouse, Lyrurus tetrix, the male of which has a bluish-black plumage and lyre-shaped tail
a related and similar species, Lyrurus mlokosiewiczi, of W Asia
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