Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun Any of several woodland birds of the genus Scolopax found in Eurasia, Africa, and North America, having brownish plumage, short legs, and a long bill. The woodcocks are in the same family as the sandpipers and other shorebirds.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun One of two distinct birds of the family Scolopacidæ, closely related to the true snipe (Gallinago).
  • noun The large black pileated woodpecker, or logcock, Hylotomus (or Ceophlæus) pileatus. See cut under pileated.
  • noun In conchology, a woodcock-shell: more fully called thorny woodcock. Also called Venus'scomb.
  • noun A simpleton: in allusion to the facility with which the European woodcock al lows itself to be taken in springes or in nets set for it in the glades.
  • noun The American woodcock, Philohela. minor: a book-name.
  • noun A woodcock-shell, as Murex haustellum.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun (Zoöl.) Any one of several species of long-billed limicoline birds belonging to the genera Scolopax and Philohela. They are mostly nocturnal in their habits, and are highly esteemed as game birds.
  • noun obsolete Fig.: A simpleton.
  • noun The European snipe.
  • noun the bellows fish.
  • noun the short-eared owl (Asio brachyotus).
  • noun the shell of certain mollusks of the genus Murex, having a very long canal, with or without spines.
  • noun See under Snipe.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun Any of several wading birds in the genus Scolopax, of the family Scolopacidae, characterised by a long slender bill and cryptic brown and blackish plumage.

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

  • noun game bird of the sandpiper family that resembles a snipe

Etymologies

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From wood + cock

Examples

  • Why can you be assured that snipe, grouse, partridge, pheasant or woodcock is what it is, but a chicken is more likely to be a jellied flying rat?

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  • The 28 shines brightest at modest ranges: in woodcock thickets, quail piney woods, and dove fields, and on skeet and five-stand setups.

    Deadly Darlings

  • “These little brown snipe you call woodcock, ” he began; “we bagged nine brace, d’you see?

    The Fighting Chance

  • I would send him sometimes snipe or golden plover from Kiltartan bog or woodcock from the hazel woods at Coole, hoping to tempt him with something that might better nourish the worn body than the little custard pudding that was used to serve him for his two days 'dinner, because of that "horrible dyspepsia" that often makes those who have been long in prison live starving after their release, mocked with the sight of food.

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  • The little bird in the middle with the long beak has been known as the woodcock, but I notice it has nostrils in the end of that beak--?

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  • The little bird in the middle with the long beak has been known as the woodcock, but I notice it has nostrils in the end of that beak--?

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  • Mrs. Carnaby loved a good dinner right well, a dinner unplagued by hospitable cares; when a woodcock was her own to dwell on, and pretty little teeth might pick a pretty little bone at ease.

    Mary Anerley

  • While the woodcock is an easy bird to hit, with a soft flight like an owl, and if you do miss him he will probably pitch down and give you another shot.

    Hemingway on Hunting

  • While the woodcock is an easy bird to hit, with a soft flight like an owl, and if you do miss him he will probably pitch down and give you another shot.

    Hemingway on Hunting

  • While the woodcock is an easy bird to hit, with a soft flight like an owl, and if you do miss him he will probably pitch down and give you another shot.

    Hemingway on Hunting

Comments

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  • An odd little fellow. :-)

    December 21, 2007

  • I often feel as though I'm an odd little fellow at heart. Do you think I might have swallowed a woodcock?

    December 21, 2007

  • Oh, I hope not. That might mean it's been dressed and cooked! Also, are your eyes way back past your ears?

    December 21, 2007

  • A de-wooded cooked cock shock!

    December 21, 2007

  • "A woodcock is only in its full glory when roasted actually before the very eyes of the hunter, above all, the hunter who shot it." - French gastronome Brillat-Savarin

    September 24, 2009

  • All right, now. Is this the same guy who likened dessert without cheese to a beautiful one-eyed woman? Away with him! No cooked woodcocks here!

    October 1, 2009

  • Yes, Brillat-Savarin made me arm myself to defend my little dog's one-eyed-ness. :) Which I will do again! (Mostly because he's really really cute.)

    October 1, 2009

  • What does he have againsts weird-eyed living things?

    October 1, 2009