from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A small rounded piece of cork or rubber with a conical crown of feathers or plastic, used in badminton. Also called bird, birdie.
  • transitive v. To throw or send back and forth like a shuttlecock.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A lightweight object that is conical in shape with a cork or rubber-covered nose, used in badminton the way a ball is used in other racquet games.
  • v. To move rapidly back and forth
  • v. To send or toss back and forth; to bandy

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A cork stuck with feathers, which is to be struck by a battledoor in play; also, the play itself.
  • transitive v. To send or toss to and fro; to bandy.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To throw or bandy backward and forward like a shuttlecock.
  • n. A piece of cork, or of similar light material, in one end of which feathers are stuck, made to be struck by a battledore in play; also, the play or game. See phrase below.
  • n. A malvaceous shrub, Periptera punicea of Mexico, the only species of a still dubious genus. It has crimson flowers and a many-celled radiate capsule, one or other suggesting the name.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. badminton equipment consisting of a ball of cork or rubber with a crown of feathers
  • v. send or toss to and fro, like a shuttlecock


shuttle (from the back-and-forth sense of the word originating with loom weaving) + cock (from resemblance to a male bird's plume of tail feathers). Attested from 1522. (Wiktionary)



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