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woodcock

[woo d-kok] /ˈwʊdˌkɒk/
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
1050
before 1050; Middle English wodecok, Old English wuducoc. See wood1, cock1
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British Dictionary definitions for woodcock

woodcock

/ˈwʊdˌkɒk/
noun
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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Word Origin and History for woodcock
n.

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

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