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

to eat gluttonously or ravenously

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?

oily prompt maudlin angry
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