ruffed grouse


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

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Otis got birdy right away, and put up a ruffed grouse ahead of us. Andrew Mckean, Outdoor Life, 16 Sep. 2020 Jeremy Moore, a Wisconsin dog trainer and ruffed grouse junkie, just plunked down a deposit on an English setter. Tony J. Peterson, Outdoor Life, 24 Sep. 2020 Getting chased by territorial ruffed grouse, taking in the fall colors of the palisades over Rose Lake along the Border Route, and meeting trail crews rehabbing the Powwow Trail after the Pagami Creek Fire burned more than 95 % of it in 2011. Bob Timmons, Star Tribune, 22 Oct. 2020 Specialized techniques like a snapshot for ruffed grouse in thick cover is ineffective on a covey rise. Tom Keer, Field & Stream, 2 June 2020 Under the proposal, the Horicon refuge would be open to hunting for woodcock, moorhen, coyote, ruffed grouse, opossum, raccoon, fox, skunk, bobcat, snowshoe hare and black bear on acres already open to other hunting. Paul A. Smith, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 26 Apr. 2020 The plan maintains two ruffed grouse management zones but shifts the boundary. Paul A. Smith, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 20 Dec. 2019 The 2019 hunt produced an average of 1.8 ruffed grouse and 4.0 woodcock bagged by each hunter, up from 1.0 grouse and 3.1 woodcock last year. Paul A. Smith, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 1 Nov. 2019 But when a ruffed grouse erupts from beneath a mantle of unblemished snow, the percussion all but drops you in your tracks. Tom Davis, Field & Stream, 4 Dec. 2019 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1759, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of ruffed grouse was in 1759

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“Ruffed grouse.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Dec. 2022.

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ruffed grouse


: a grouse of the U.S. and Canada with the male having tufts of shiny black feathers around the neck
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