heath cock


noun

the male of the black grouse.

Origin of heath cock

First recorded in 1580–90
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Examples from the Web for heath cock

  • The roe is in the cleft of the rock; the heath-cock's head is beneath his wing.

  • The heath-cock retires before the step of the cultivator; the quail passes into Ireland.

    The Bird|Jules Michelet

British Dictionary definitions for heath cock

heath cock


noun

another name for blackcock
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