woodcock

[ woo d-kok ]
/ ˈwʊdˌkɒk /

noun, plural wood·cocks, (especially collectively) wood·cock for 1, 2.

either of two plump, short-legged migratory game birds of variegated brown plumage, the Eurasian Scolopax rusticola and the smaller American Philohela minor.
any of various pileated or ivory-billed woodpeckers.
Archaic. a simpleton.

Nearby words

  1. woodchip,
  2. woodchipper,
  3. woodchop,
  4. woodchopper,
  5. woodchuck,
  6. woodcraft,
  7. woodcrafter,
  8. woodcraftsman,
  9. woodcreeper,
  10. woodcut

Origin of woodcock

before 1050; Middle English wodecok, Old English wuducoc. See wood1, cock1

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British Dictionary definitions for woodcock

woodcock

/ (ˈwʊdˌkɒk) /

noun

an Old World game bird, Scolopax rusticola, resembling the snipe but larger and having shorter legs and neck: family Scolopacidae (sandpipers, etc), order Charadriiformes
a related North American bird, Philohela minor
obsolete a simpleton
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Word Origin and History for woodcock

woodcock

n.

Old English wuducoc, from wudu "wood" (n.) + coc "cock."

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