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blackcock

[blak-kok] /ˈblækˌkɒk/
noun
1.
the male of the black grouse.
Origin of blackcock
late Middle English
1400-1450
1400-50; late Middle English; see black, cock1
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  • Bratianu said to me in one of our last interviews: "Russia is exactly like a blackcock dancing before the hens."

    In the World War Count Ottokar Czernin
  • Now the way the blackcock got the idea into his head was this.

    The Story of a Red Deer J. W. Fortescue
  • Generally, after my morning tea, I went into the forest to seek heathcock or blackcock.

    Beasts, Men and Gods Ferdinand Ossendowski
  • Are you quite sure the hills are all coming down, blackcock?

    The Story of a Red Deer J. W. Fortescue
  • So the blackcock watched, and saw the hounds puzzling out the scent inch by inch with the greatest difficulty.

    The Story of a Red Deer J. W. Fortescue
  • Across his shoulder hung a game-bag with a blackcock lying in it.

  • But presently the Hind led him away and asked the blackcock, "And where is my sister?"

    The Story of a Red Deer J. W. Fortescue
  • Accordingly, the decoration of the blackcock is confined to glossy plumage and a few ornamental tail-feathers.

  • The blackcock is very generally distributed over the highland districts of northern and central Europe, and in some parts of Asia.

  • Every spring the blackcock hold a sort of assembly or court of love, at which the pairing for the year takes place.

British Dictionary definitions for blackcock

blackcock

/ˈblækˌkɒk/
noun
1.
the male of the black grouse Also called heath cock Compare greyhen
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