cap·​er·​cail·​lie | \ ˌka-pər-ˈkā-lē How to pronounce capercaillie (audio) , -ˈkāl-yē \
variants: or capercailzie \ ˌka-​pər-​ˈkāl-​zē How to pronounce capercailzie (audio) \
plural capercaillie or capercailzies also capercaillies or capercailzie

Definition of capercaillie

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

Examples of capercaillie in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Now, with the body of a western capercaillie as evidence, authorities in southwestern Germany are trying to determine what happened., "German police look into killing of rare bird and vigilantes’ payback," 12 Aug. 2019 With luck, spot an elusive capercaillie, an endemic Scottish crossbill, or a magnificent golden eagle. National Geographic, "Scotland Private Expedition," 12 June 2019 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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“Capercaillie.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Nov. 2020.

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