chaparral cock

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n chaparral cock speedy largely terrestrial bird found from California and Mexico to Texas
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Chaparral cock (Zoöl) a bird of the cuckoo family (Geococcyx Californianus), noted for running with great speed. It ranges from California to Mexico and eastward to Texas; -- called also road runner ground cuckoo churea, and snake killer. It is the state bird of New Mexico.
    • Chaparral cock See under Chaparral.
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Usage

In literature:

Rabbits sat up in the chaparral and cocked their ears, feeling themselves quite safe for the once as the hunt swung near them.
"The Land of Little Rain" by Mary Austin
This was the home of the crow, but there were other feathered people there, and the chaparral cock.
"Myths and Legends of California and the Old Southwest" by Katharine Berry Judson
A chaparral cock strutted from its decapitated enemy, a rattlesnake, and disappeared in the chaparral.
"Hopalong Cassidy's Rustler Round-Up" by Clarence Edward Mulford
Hoc'-bo-a Road runner, or chaparral cock.
"Eighth Annual Report" by Various
This curious species is known as the "Chaparral Cock", "Ground Cuckoo," "Snake-killer," etc.
"The Bird Book" by Chester A. Reed
Your chaparral cock and hen Have parted company.
"The Mortal Gods and Other Plays" by Olive Tilford Dargan
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