Quantcast
Merriam-Webster Logo
  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
  • Medical
  • Scrabble
  • Spanish Central
  • Learner's Dictionary

capercaillie

play
noun cap·er·cail·lie \ˌka-pər-ˈkā-lē, -ˈkāl-yē\

Definition of capercaillie

plural capercaillie or capercailzies also capercaillies or capercailzie

  1. :  a very large European grouse (Tetrao urogallus) of hilly coniferous woodlands



Variants of capercaillie

or capercailzie play \-ˈkāl-zē\

Origin of capercaillie

Scottish Gaelic capalcoille, literally, horse of the woods


First Known Use: 1536


Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up capercaillie? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

a smart aleck

Get Word of the Day daily email!

WORD GAMES

Take a 3-minute break and test your skills!

image567572573

Which of these is a synonym of unctuous?

maudlin oily angry prompt
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

TAKE THE QUIZ
SCRABBLE® Sprint

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ