capercaillie

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noun cap·er·cail·lie \ˌka-pər-ˈkā-lē, -ˈkāl-yē\

Definition of capercaillie

plural

capercaillie

or

capercailzies

also

capercaillies

or

capercailzie

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

Variants of capercaillie

or

capercailzie

play \-ˈkāl-zē\

Origin and Etymology of capercaillie

Scottish Gaelic capalcoille, literally, horse of the woods


First Known Use: 1536


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