American woodcock


Definition of American woodcock

: woodcock sense 1a(2) The slowest bird: the American woodcock, which averages about 5 mph in the air.— Mark Wexler, National Wildlife, December–January 1986

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First Known Use of American woodcock

1810, in the meaning defined above

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“American woodcock.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 May. 2021.

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