woodcock

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noun wood·cock \ˈwu̇d-ˌkäk\

Definition of woodcock

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woodcocks

  1. 1 or plural woodcock :  a :  a shorebird (Scolopax rusticola) of Europe and Asia that frequents moist woodlands, has large eyes and rounded wings, is of a variously mottled reddish-brown, black, and buff color with a barred chest, and is often hunted as game The woodcock has a long bill with a sensitive tip used especially for probing the ground for earthworms and insects. b :  a smaller related bird (Scolopax minor synonym Philohela minor) chiefly of eastern North America with a similar color pattern but having a solid orange buff chest

  2. 2 [fr. the ease with which the woodcock is snared] archaic :  simpleton

Before 12th Century

First Known Use of woodcock

before 12th century


WOODCOCK Defined for English Language Learners

woodcock

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noun wood·cock \ˈwu̇d-ˌkäk\

Definition of woodcock for English Language Learners

  • : a brown bird that has a short neck and long bill and that is often hunted


WOODCOCK Defined for Kids

woodcock

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noun wood·cock \ˈwu̇d-ˌkäk\

Definition of woodcock for Students

  1. :  a brownish bird that has a long bill and feeds chiefly on earthworms



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