Chiefly British.

the male red grouse.

Origin of moorcock

Middle English word dating back to 1300–50 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for moorcock

  • After finishing the chapel my uncle Joshua commenced the erection of a tavern, called the “Moorcock,” at Harden.

    Adventures and Recollections|Bill o'th' Hoylus End
  • The Moorcock or Heathcock is curious, inasmuch as there are two distinct forms in which it is depicted.

    A Complete Guide to Heraldry|Arthur Charles Fox-Davies
  • And here is a moorcock's; and this—I should know it among a thousand—it's a lapwing's.

    Emily Bront|A. Mary F. (Agnes Mary Frances) Robinson
  • Yes,” he said; “take Moorcock, my boy, and the stoutest saddle and bridle you can find.

    Crown and Sceptre|George Manville Fenn

British Dictionary definitions for moorcock


/ (ˈmʊəˌkɒk, ˈmɔː-) /


the male of the red grouse
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