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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 of woodcock
1050
before 1050; Middle English wodecok, Old English wuducoc. See wood1, cock1
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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 woodcock is very rare, because it is only to be met with in inhabited countries.

    The History of Louisiana Le Page Du Pratz
  • She found Mrs. woodcock immeasurably more haughty than ever before.

  • The cuckoo, like the woodcock, is supposed to have its forerunner.

    Birds in the Calendar Frederick G. Aflalo
  • 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
  • In conclusion mention must be made of the woodcock (Scolopax rusticola).

  • The Snipe much resembles the woodcock, but is smaller, with longer tarsi.

    Reptiles and Birds Louis Figuier
  • Of these the most valuable for the table are the partridge, the francolin, and the woodcock.

    History of Phoenicia George Rawlinson
  • 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

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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