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blackcock

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n blackcock male black grouse
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Blackcock (Zoöl) The male of the European black grouse (Tetrao tetrix, Linn.); -- so called by sportsmen. The female is called gray hen. See Heath grouse.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n blackcock The male black-grouse or black-game; the heath-cock; a grouse, Tetrao tetrix, or Lyrurus tetrix, of the family Tetraonidæ, found in many parts of Europe. It is mostly black, with a lyrate tail. The female is called a gray hen, and the young are called poults.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Blackcock a species of grouse, common in the north of England and in Scotland
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. blac, blæc, black.

Usage

In literature:

I would hunt all of that name like blackcocks.
"Kidnapped" by Robert Louis Stevenson
Sometimes a roe deer broke out of the covert, or an old blackcock startled me with his scolding.
"Mr. Standfast" by John Buchan
Across his shoulder hung a game-bag with a blackcock lying in it.
"The Witch and Other Stories" by Anton Chekhov
From the place near the shots a frightened covey of blackcock broke and came over me.
"Beasts, Men and Gods" by Ferdinand Ossendowski
But he only lifted his hat, with the blackcock's feather, and smiled a bland smile.
"An African Millionaire" by Grant Allen
Did you say you saw the blackcock?
"Magnum Bonum" by Charlotte M. Yonge
Did ye ever shoot a blackcock, man?
"Guy Mannering, or The Astrologer, Complete, Illustrated" by Sir Walter Scott
I'm thinking of having a go at the blackcock, honoured Natalya Stepanovna, after the harvest.
"Plays by Chekhov, Second Series On the High Road, The Proposal, The Wedding, The Bear, A Tragedian In Spite of Himself, The Anniversary, The Three Sisters, The Cherry Orchard" by Anton Chekhov
At last out sprung a fine old blackcock.
"Anecdotes of Dogs" by Edward Jesse
Ay, it was Alastair's bonnet, for there was the blackcock's tail feathers which Alastair had always proudly worn in right of his birth.
"Border Ghost Stories" by Howard Pease
Are blackcock extinct in Surrey?
"Highways and Byways in Surrey" by Eric Parker
The wolf feeds on the rat, hare, fox, badger, roebuck, stag, reindeer and elk; likewise upon blackcock and capercali.
"Harper's New Monthly Magazine, Volume 2, No. 12, May, 1851." by Various
I would hunt all of that name like blackcocks.
"The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition Vol. 10 (of 25)" by Robert Louis Stevenson
Then you must have been the blackcock who killed the snake!
"Tales of the Caravan, Inn, and Palace." by William Hauff
The game birds consist of grouse, blackcock, moorhen, quail and partridge.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 5, Slice 5" by Various
Once only he showed himself quite different, and that was when one day the Blackcock flew up to say that all the hills were coming down.
"The Story of a Red Deer" by J. W. Fortescue
The blackcock is very generally distributed over the highland districts of northern and central Europe, and in some parts of Asia.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 4, Slice 1" by Various
The game, which is abundant, consisting of blackcock and grouse, is strictly preserved.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 2, Slice 6" by Various
At last out sprang a fine old blackcock.
"Natural History in Anecdote" by Various
This, however, is not a regular habit as with the blackcocks, but rather an exceptional case.
"Wild Spain (España agreste)" by Abel Chapman
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In poetry:

The warm win' blew, the blackcock flew,
The lerrick muntit the skies;
The burnie ran, and a baein began,
But Johnnie wudna rise.
"The Last Wooin" by George MacDonald