noun \ˈgras\
plural grouse or grouses

Definition of GROUSE

:  any of various chiefly ground-dwelling birds (family Tetraonidae) that are usually of reddish-brown or other protective color and have feathered legs and that include many important game birds

Origin of GROUSE

origin unknown
First Known Use: 1531

Other Birds Terms

aerie, bunting, clutch, covey, hackle, ratite, rictus, ruff, skein, zygodactyl



: to complain about something


Full Definition of GROUSE

intransitive verb
grous·er noun

Examples of GROUSE

  1. She's been grousing to her boss about the working conditions.
  2. Fans have groused that the higher prices are unfair.

Origin of GROUSE

origin unknown
First Known Use: 1887



Definition of GROUSE

:  complaint

First Known Use of GROUSE



noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Blackcock (Lyrurus tetrix)—Ingmar Holmasen

Any of various game birds in the family Tetraonidae (order Galliformes), including the prairie chicken and ptarmigan, or the sandgrouse (order Columbiformes). The best-known Old World species is the black grouse (Lyrurus tetrix) of Wales, Scotland, Scandinavia, and northern central Europe. The male, iridescent blue-black with white wing bars, may be 22 in. (55 cm) long and weigh about 4 lbs (almost 2 kg); the smaller female is mottled brown and barred with black. Grouse are noted for the male's communal courtship dances. The best-known North American species is the ruffed grouse.


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