wood cock

woodcock

[wood-kok]
noun, plural woodcocks (especially collectively) woodcock 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.

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

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woodcock (ˈwʊdˌkɒk)
 
n
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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woodcock
O.E. wuducoc, from wudu "wood" (n.) + coc "cock."
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