Quantcast
Merriam-Webster Logo
  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
  • 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 and Etymology 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).