cap·er·cail·lie | \ˌka-pər-ˈkā-lē, -ˈkāl-yē\
variants: or capercailzie \-ˈkāl-zē \
plural capercaillie or capercailzies also capercaillies or capercailzie

Definition of capercaillie 

: a very large European grouse (Tetrao urogallus) of hilly coniferous woodlands

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Concealed within these forests are Tengalman’s owl, capercaillie and black woodpecker. Smithsonian, "Explore Catalonia’s Most Beautiful Nature Parks," 15 June 2018

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First Known Use of capercaillie

1536, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for capercaillie

Scottish Gaelic capalcoille, literally, horse of the woods

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