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.

    The Sundering Flood

  • 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.

    The Well at the World's End: a tale


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