chaparral-cock love

Definitions

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The ground-cuckoo, road-runner, or paisano; a large terrestrial bird of the family Cuculid√¶, the Geococcyx californianus, a common species of the southwestern United States. See Geococcyx.

Etymologies

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Examples

  • Another animal frequently seen was the chaparral-cock or road-runner, really the earth cuckoo (_Geococcyx Mexicanus_), called paisano or pheasant, or

    Ranching, Sport and Travel

  • The little mesquite-trees, prim, dainty, and delicate, stood about in seeming order, civilizing the landscape and giving it the air of an orchard; the prairie-dog villages were thrown into a tumult of excitement by our passage; a chaparral-cock slipped out of a bush, stared an instant, pulled the string that lifts his tail and top-knot, and settled down for

    Lippincott's Magazine, October 1885

Comments

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  • :-))))))

    October 28, 2015

  • hokay -

    /lists/industrial-cockblock

    I don't have access to the OED no mo tho T.T

    October 28, 2015

  • Go on, get yer cocks out.

    October 27, 2015

  • We NEED a list of industrial cock words.

    October 27, 2015

  • Yep, from the OED, turn-cock is "A water-works official entrusted with the turning on of the water from the mains to supply-pipes, etc." There are so many industrial -cock words in the OED, it's very distracting.

    October 27, 2015

  • TURN?! I gotta change mine!

    October 27, 2015

  • turn-

    (No surprise, it's a cutthroat).

    October 27, 2015

  • Alfred Hitch-

    October 27, 2015

  • spatch-

    yours?

    October 27, 2015

  • What's your favourite cock?

    October 27, 2015

  • A.k.a. road-runner (the coyote's after you), an iconic bird of the SW US.

    December 2, 2010