capercaillie

[kap-er-keyl-yee]
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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capercaillie

capercailzie (ˌkæpəˈkeɪljɪ, -ˈkeɪlzɪ)

noun
  1. a large European woodland grouse, Tetrao urogallus, having a black plumage and fan-shaped tail in the male

Word Origin for capercaillie

C16: from Scottish Gaelic capull coille horse of the woods
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