American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Any of various plump, chickenlike game birds of the family Tetraonidae, chiefly of the Northern Hemisphere and having mottled brown or grayish plumage.
- v. To complain; grumble.
- n. A cause for complaint; a grievance.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The Scotch ptarmigan, moorhen, or red-game, Tetrao or Lagopus scoticus, a British gallinaceous bird with feathered feet. It is a local modification or insular race of the common ptarmigan of Europe. Hence — 2. Some bird like the above; any bird of the family Tetraonidœ and subfamily Tetraoninæ. These birds all have the feet and nasal fossæ more or less completely feathered, being thus distinguished from pheasants, partridges, quails, etc. There are numerous species, of several genera, all confined to the northern hemisphere. The largest is the European wood-grouse or cock-of-the-woods, Tetrao urogallus. (See
capercaillie.) The next in size is the American sage-grouse or cock-of-the-plains, Centrocercus urophasianus. The black grouse is Lyrurus tetrix of Europe. The ruffed grouse are several species of Bonasa, as the European hazel-grouse, B. betulina, and the American, B. umbella. Notable American forms are the sharp-tailed grouse, Pediœcetes phasianellus, and the pinnated grouse, Cupidonia cupido; both are known as prairie-hens. The snow-grouse are sundry species of ptarmigan inhabiting boreal and alpine regions, and mostly turning pure white in winter; such are the willow-ptarmigan, Lagopus albus, the rock-ptarmigan, L. rupestris, and the Rocky Mountain ptarmigan, L. leucurus.
- n. In the widest sense, as a collective plural, the grouse family, Tetraonidæ. In this sense the word includes various partridges and related birds.
- To hunt or shoot grouse.
- adj. Australia, New Zealand, slang Excellent.
- n. A cause for complaint.
- v. To complain or grumble.
- n. Any of various game birds of the family Tetraonidae which inhabit temperate and subarctic regions of the northern hemisphere.
- v. To seek or shoot grouse.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Zoöl.) Any of the numerous species of gallinaceous birds of the family
Tetraonidæ, and subfamily Tetraoninæ, inhabiting Europe, Asia, and North America. They have plump bodies, strong, well-feathered legs, and usually mottled plumage. The group includes the ptarmigans (Lagopus), having feathered feet.
- v. To seek or shoot grouse.
- v. informal To complain or grumble.
- v. complain.
- v. hunt grouse
- n. popular game bird having a plump body and feathered legs and feet
- n. flesh of any of various grouse of the family Tetraonidae; usually roasted; flesh too dry to broil
- Attested in the 1530s, as grows, a plural used collectively. Of unknown origin. (Wiktionary)
- Origin unknown.Perhaps from French dialectal groucer, from Old French grouchier; see grudge. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“When i am in grouse country, I am also in Whitetail country.”
“Our only grouse is we have very little bread, but we are expecting to get more from Tuesday May 5th.”
“Main courses included more Dornoch lamb, wild sea bass from Usan, turbot from Scrabster and grouse from the Scottish moors.”
“My chief grouse is that on a supposedly literary site (short fiction, flash fiction, “everyday” fiction), you do not know that “everyday”, in the context in which you use it, both on the site as well as, perhaps, on the cover of the book, is ONE word, an adjective.”
“The effect of so much industrial activity on the area's herds of pronghorn and mule deer, and on the increasingly rare sage grouse, is unknown.”
“The grouse is no doubt very good," she said, "and being to the manner born as ye may say, I never tire of it; but for a genteel supper like what you have always given to the lads –”
“Instead of needing to take responsibility and say something like “I think the target we’ve been using in recent years isn’t aggressive enough so I’m writing a bill to change it and will try to persuade people to sign on,” they get to sort of grouse from the sidelines in a non-specific way if things go bad.”
“This was true: the grouse was the one good thing we ate – well hung, the breasts and legs taken off the carcass and served the right shade of pink, the offal spread on toast.”
“These include ruffed grouse, which is why the RGS is so involved in the planning process.”
“Chaseing squirrels, rabbits and even a couple slow flyin grouse.”
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