cock-of-the-rock

[ kok-uh v-thuh-rok ]
/ ˈkɒk əv ðəˈrɒk /

noun, plural cocks-of-the-rock.

a brilliant orange-red bird of the genus Rupicola, of northern South America, having an erect crest that conceals the bill.

Nearby words

  1. cock's-foot,
  2. cock-a-doodle-doo,
  3. cock-a-hoop,
  4. cock-a-leekie,
  5. cock-and-bull story,
  6. cockabully,
  7. cockade,
  8. cockaigne,
  9. cockalorum,
  10. cockamamie

Origin of cock-of-the-rock

First recorded in 1815–25

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British Dictionary definitions for cock-of-the-rock

cock-of-the-rock

noun

either of two tropical South American birds, Rupicola rupicola or R. peruviana, having an erectile crest and (in the male) a brilliant red or orange plumage: family Cotingidae (cotingas)
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