Definitions

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The male moor-fowl.

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Examples

  • “I should prefer a moor-cock or guinea-fowl,” replied Pencroft, “still, if they are good to eat —”

    The Mysterious Island

  • ` ` And I tell you, Mr. Cosmo Comyne Bradwardine, of Bradwardine and Tully-Veolan, '' retorted the sportsman, in huge disdain, ` ` that I'll make a moor-cock of the man that refuses my toast, whether it be a crop-eared English Whig wi 'a black ribband at his lug, or ane wha deserts his ain friends to claw favour wi' the rats of Hanover. ''

    The Waverley

  • Coming out of the wet, dark night, it was pleasant to see the blazing ingle, the white-sanded floor, and the little round table holding some cold moor-cock and the pastry that he particularly liked.

    Winter Evening Tales

  • The red grouse, gorcock, or moor-cock, weighs about nineteen ounces, and the female somewhat less.

    The Book of Household Management

  • She heard the wild swans winging their way above her, and she thought of the wild hunters and the spectre-horseman: [41] the short wail of the curlew, the call of the moor-cock and plover, was the voice of her beloved.

    Traditions of Lancashire, Volume 1 (of 2)

  • Tully-Veolan, 'retorted the sportsman in huge disdain,' that I'll make a moor-cock of the man that refuses my toast, whether it be a crop-eared English Whig wi 'a black ribband at his lug, or ane wha deserts his ain friends to claw favour wi' the rats of Hanover. '

    Waverley — Volume 1

  • Tully-Veolan, 'retorted the sportsman in huge disdain,' that I'll make a moor-cock of the man that refuses my toast, whether it be a crop-eared

    Waverley

  • An old Country Curate refiding upon a lofty mountain near the Lake of Thun, in the Canton of Bern, was one day prefented with a moor-cock.

    Solitude Considered with Respect to Its Influence Upon the Mind and the Heart

  • a moor-cock of the man that refuses my toast, whether it be a crop-eared

    Waverley: or, 'Tis sixty years since

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