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  • n. Plural form of capercailzie.


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  • But these species still linger in some portion of the British isles; whereas the large capercailzies, or wood grouse, formerly natives of the pine forests of Ireland and Scotland, have been destroyed within the last fifty years.

    The Mirror of Literature, Amusement, and Instruction Volume 19, No. 531, January 28, 1832

  • It is difficult to separate the struggle for food and foothold from the struggle for mates, and it seems clearest to include here the battles of the stags and the capercailzies, or the extraordinary lek of the blackcock, showing off their beauty at sunrise on the hills.

    Introduction to the Science of Sociology

  • Castle, announcing her departure for Baden with Mr. Armstrong, who was going to shoot capercailzies in the Black Forest.

    The Lovels of Arden

  • Saturday, and mother had sold bilberries, and capercailzies, and three pounds of wool.

    Weird Tales from Northern Seas

  • I guess those trees will be ready pretty near as soon as the capercailzies are ready for them. "

    Count Bunker

  • "It's too early to shoot capercailzies," he said; "but I daresay I shall find something to do.

    The Lovels of Arden


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  • Capercailzies is a kind of grouse, living in Scotland. I found this word in "The House by the Dvina" (1984) by Eugenie Fraser, and as the author has a Scottish mother, I suppose it could be some dialect word.

    July 15, 2009