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woodcock

[woo d-kok]
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noun, plural wood·cocks, (especially collectively) wood·cock for 1, 2.
  1. either of two plump, short-legged migratory game birds of variegated brown plumage, the Eurasian Scolopax rusticola and the smaller American Philohela minor.
  2. any of various pileated or ivory-billed woodpeckers.
  3. Archaic. a simpleton.
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Origin of woodcock

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

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

n.

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

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