from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A large Northern European black grouse (Lyrurus tetrix formerly Tetrao tetrix) with a lyre-shaped tail; it is also called heath grouse, black game, black grouse, heath poult, heath fowl, and moor fowl. See heath grouse under heath, above.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The moor-fowl, Lagopus scoticus.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. large northern European grouse that is black with a lyre-shaped tail
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So they went together, and betwixt whiles of the shepherding Osberne shot a whole string of heathfowl and whimbrel; and ever he hit that which he shot at, so that the arrows were indeed easy to find, since they never failed to be in the quarry.
Many wild things there were, both beast and fowl, in these islands and bridges of the rock-sea, hares and conies to wit, a many, and heathfowl, and here and there a red fox lurking about the crannies of the rock-wall.
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