black grouse

black grouse

noun
a large grouse, Lyrurus tetrix, of Europe and western Asia, the male of which is black, the female mottled gray and brown.

Origin:
1820–30

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black grouse
 
n
1.  Also called: black game a large N European grouse, Lyrurus tetrix, the male of which has a bluish-black plumage and lyre-shaped tail
2.  a related and similar species, Lyrurus mlokosiewiczi, of W Asia

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