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blue grouse

noun
1.
a dull gray grouse, Dendragapus obscurus, of western North America, the male of which has a yellow or orange comb.
Also called dusky grouse, sooty grouse.
Origin of blue grouse
1855-1860
1855-60, Americanism
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  • Half an hour later they saw a blue grouse perched rather high up in a cedar.

  • A blue grouse with her late brood scurried across the road seeking the shelter of the thicket.

    The Brand Therese Broderick
  • I spent the day about a mile from camp on top of blue grouse Mountain, a prominent landmark of the country.

    Cruisings in the Cascades George O. Shields
  • In a ravine not far beyond this Jack found his first brood of blue grouse.

    Jack, the Young Ranchman George Bird Grinnell
  • And it was not so small, either; the blue grouse is a large and heavy bird, next to the sage-hen the largest of our grouse.

    With the Indians in the Rockies James Willard Schultz
  • blue grouse are quite plentiful in western Washington and in the wooded sections of eastern Washington.

  • Corresponding in number but larger in size is the blue grouse, of the fir and cedar forests of Western Washington.

    Memoirs of Orange Jacobs Orange Jacobs
  • They had not killed a deer and although they had shot two or three blue grouse a blue grouse is not large.

    Northwest! Harold Bindloss
  • It was very hot, and very still, except when now and then the drumming of a blue grouse came sharply out of the shadows.

  • If they were blue grouse, that would be bad, too, for blue grouse are sharp.

    Pluck on the Long Trail Edwin L. Sabin
British Dictionary definitions for blue grouse

blue grouse

noun
1.
a grouse, Dendragapus obscurus, of W North America, having a bluish-grey plumage with a black tail
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