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

ruffed grouse

noun

Definition of ruffed grouse

  1. :  a grouse (Bonasa umbellus) of United States and Canadian forests of which the male erects a ruff of black feathers and fans out a broad black-banded tail during breeding displays



Circa 1782

First Known Use of ruffed grouse

circa 1782


Seen and Heard

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

WORD OF THE DAY

a secret group of plotters

Get Word of the Day daily email!