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  • n. Alternative spelling of sandgrouse.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Any bird of the family Pteroclidæ; a pigeon-grouse or rockpigeon, inhabiting sandy deserts of the Old World.


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  • “Katá” = Pterocles Alchata, the well-known sand-grouse of the desert.

    The Book of The Thousand Nights And A Night

  • She made me sit and seating herself by my side, signed to her slave-girls who set before us a tray covered with dishes of various kinds of meats, pullets and quails and sand-grouse and pigeons.

    The Book of The Thousand Nights And A Night

  • Accordingly he shouted to his eunuchs and women an order to serve food, and they set before them a tray containing birds of every king that walk and fly and in nests increase and multiply, such as sand-grouse and quails and pigeon-poults and lambs and fatted geese and fried poultry and other dishes of all sorts and colours.

    The Book of The Thousand Nights And A Night

  • Hearing this he bade his handmaids bring food, whereupon four damsels with girded waists placed in front of them a table, whereon were rare meats of that which flieth and walketh earth and swimmeth seas, sand-grouse and quails and chickens and pigeons; and written on the raised edge of the tray were verses such as sorted with the entertainment.

    The Book of The Thousand Nights And A Night

  • Mr. Clarke is our camp-manager in general: he is also our jäger; he shoots the wild poultry, duck and partridge, sand-grouse, and

    The Land of Midian

  • The large swift shot screaming overhead; and the cries of the troops of Merops, with silver-lined wings, resembled those of the sand-grouse.

    The Land of Midian

  • Leaning against a tree two days ago shooting flighting sand-grouse as they came into a water hole near camp after ten days of what Dr. Anderson says was a. d. all the time, I became convinced that though an unbeliever I had been chosen as the one to bear our Lord Buddha when he should be born again on earth.

    Hemingway on Hunting

  • To me, the whirring of a covey of sand-grouse or partridges could express little more than the swift passage of birds to a place of security.


  • Of the natural inhabitants of desert country, the Sahara is by no means devoid: sand-lizards, jumping-mice, sand-grouse, sand-vipers, desert-larks, and even a family of snakes belonging to the boas, are to be found.

    In the Tail of the Peacock

  • The kh [= a] ki-coloured sand-grouse are most difficult to see on the yellow face of the country: the sand-rats and sand-moles all take on the colour of their surroundings, and thus hide and protect themselves: one and all exist in some marvellous manner where it would seem that existence could only be miraculous.

    In the Tail of the Peacock

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