- a large grouse, Tetrao urogallus, of Eurasian forests.
Also cap·er·cail·zie [kap-er-keyl-yee, -keyl-zee] /ˌkæp ərˈkeɪl yi, -ˈkeɪl zi/.
Origin of capercaillie
1530–40; < Scots Gaelic capull coille (by dissimilation), literally, horse of the woods; for first element, compare Middle English capel horse, Old Norse kapall nag, from the same source (probably Celtic) as Latin caballus horse; spelling lz is early typographical rendering of manuscript spelling l + yogh letter (representing palatal l); compare parallel spelling of surnames Mackenzie, Menzies
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Examples from the Web for capercaillie
To give an instance nearer home, the Capercaillie (Tetrao urogallus) was successfully introduced into Scotland in 1837.The History of the European Fauna
R. F. Scharff
The Capercaillie hen makes her nest upon the ground, and lays from six to twelve eggs.
The Black Cock resembles, in one of its most striking peculiarities, its near relative, the Capercaillie.
capercailzie (ˌkæpəˈkeɪljɪ, -ˈkeɪlzɪ)
- a large European woodland grouse, Tetrao urogallus, having a black plumage and fan-shaped tail in the male
C16: from Scottish Gaelic capull coille horse of the woods
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