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[moo r-foul]
noun, plural moor·fowls, (especially collectively) moor·fowl. Chiefly British.
  1. the red grouse.
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Origin of moorfowl

First recorded in 1500–10; moor1 + fowl
Also called moorbird.
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Examples from the Web for moorfowl

Historical Examples

  • The moorfowl does not cry there, the coney has no habitation.

    John Splendid

    Neil Munro

  • The young of moorfowl, larks, pipits, and summer snipe constitute its food on the fells.

  • We had a moorfowl and mutton-chops for dinner, well cooked, and a reasonable charge.

  • From him I learned the story many years before he was either a publican, or a guide, except to moorfowl shooters.

British Dictionary definitions for moorfowl


  1. (in British game laws) an archaic name for red grouse Compare heathfowl
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