sage grouse


: either of two large grouses (Centrocercus urophasianus and C. minimus) of the dry sagebrush plains of western North America that have mottled gray and buff plumage above with a contrasting black belly

Examples of sage grouse in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Young sage grouse cannot digest sage until the age of three weeks or so. Phil Bourjaily, Field & Stream, 11 Jan. 2024 Given their significance as a symbol of the West, sage grouse matter. Phil Bourjaily, Field & Stream, 11 Jan. 2024 That’s meant pressing LS Power, for instance, to do more to limit potential harm to sage grouse and migrating pronghorn at Lava Ridge — a wind farm that Hayes doesn’t yet support but hopes to eventually. Sammy Roth, Los Angeles Times, 26 Sep. 2023 What about a power line that will carry wind energy to California but disrupt dwindling sage grouse habitat? Sammy Roth, Los Angeles Times, 12 Oct. 2023 Unfortunately for the Gunnison sage grouse, the seasonal rhythms that send cyclists outside coincide with the rhythms that make the birds start fanning and strutting like little brown peacocks, in a bid to reproduce. Christine Peterson, The Atlantic, 10 Oct. 2023 More than 250 bird species migrate through or make their homes here, including bald eagles and sage grouse, plus bison restoration on adjacent lands. Outside Online, 6 Mar. 2023 Those groups had argued the mine violated federal protections for, among other things, sage grouse and a site where dozens of Paiutes were massacred, considered sacred ground. Brandon Loomis, The Arizona Republic, 8 Sep. 2023 The Utah Legislature paid Stag $7 million between 2014 and 2019 to lobby against a federal endangered species listing for sage grouse. Leia Larsen, The Salt Lake Tribune, 4 Aug. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1876, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of sage grouse was in 1876

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“Sage grouse.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Mar. 2024.

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