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heath cock

noun
  1. the male of the black grouse.
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Origin of heath cock

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

Historical Examples

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

    The Mysteries of All Nations

    James Grant

  • The pheasant and the heath-cock (the latter a black species spotted with white) are found in the woods near Failyun.

  • 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
  1. another name for blackcock
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