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[woo d-kok] /ˈwʊdˌkɒk/
noun, plural woodcocks (especially collectively) woodcock for 1, 2.
either of two plump, short-legged migratory game birds of variegated brown plumage, the Eurasian Scolopax rusticola and the smaller American Philohela minor.
any of various pileated or ivory-billed woodpeckers.
Archaic. a simpleton.
Origin of woodcock
before 1050; Middle English wodecok, Old English wuducoc. See wood1, cock1 Unabridged
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  • Ted had six woodcock, a gourmet's delight, in the freezer, and he would add the legal two days' possession limit of six grouse.

    Double Challenge James Arthur Kjelgaard
  • The cuckoo, like the woodcock, is supposed to have its forerunner.

    Birds in the Calendar Frederick G. Aflalo
  • She found Mrs. woodcock immeasurably more haughty than ever before.

  • In conclusion mention must be made of the woodcock (Scolopax rusticola).

  • So Miriam ate the oysters obediently, and after the oysters, fish, and after the fish the breast of a woodcock.

    Pearl-Maiden H. Rider Haggard
  • Of these the most valuable for the table are the partridge, the francolin, and the woodcock.

    History of Phoenicia George Rawlinson
  • The Snipe much resembles the woodcock, but is smaller, with longer tarsi.

    Reptiles and Birds Louis Figuier
  • The woodcock is very rare, because it is only to be met with in inhabited countries.

    The History of Louisiana Le Page Du Pratz
  • If all states afforded as good protection as does Vermont, none; but migrating birds like woodcock are now threatened.

    Our Vanishing Wild Life William T. Hornaday
British Dictionary definitions for woodcock


an Old World game bird, Scolopax rusticola, resembling the snipe but larger and having shorter legs and neck: family Scolopacidae (sandpipers, etc), order Charadriiformes
a related North American bird, Philohela minor
(obsolete) a simpleton
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Word Origin and History for woodcock

Old English wuducoc, from wudu "wood" (n.) + coc "cock."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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