cock of the rock

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n cock of the rock tropical bird of northern South America the male having brilliant red or orange plumage and an erectile disklike crest
    • n cock of the rock bird of the Andes similar to Rupicola rupicola
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Cock of the rock (Zoöl) a South American bird (Rupicola aurantia) having a beautiful crest.
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Usage

In literature:

Very quietly Rome crawled back to the face of the cliff behind him, and crouched behind a rock with his cocked rifle across his knees.
"A Cumberland Vendetta" by John Fox, Jr.
Why, they have really been cocks of the walk ever since that little affair out at East Rock.
"Frank Merriwell at Yale" by Burt L. Standish
Such are the rapid descent of the snipe, the soaring and singing of the lark, and the dances of the cock-of-the-rock and of many other birds.
"Darwinism (1889)" by Alfred Russel Wallace
Ross crossed the ridge of rock which formed a cocks-comb rise on the island's spine and descended to the village.
"Key Out of Time" by Andre Alice Norton
Here the Cock of the Rock is plentiful.
"The World's Greatest Books, Volume 19" by Various
THE COCK OF THE ROCKS.
"The Western World" by W.H.G. Kingston
He took the pistol from his belt, cocked it, and put it upon the rock in front of him.
"The Border Watch" by Joseph A. Altsheler
The Cock-of-the-Rock lives in Guiana.
"Birds Illustrated by Color Photograph [January, 1897]" by Various
The elegant crested bird called cock of the rock, admirably described by Buffon, is a native of the woody mountains of Macoushia.
"Wanderings in South America" by Charles Waterton
The Cock of the Rock is a fine South American bird of the richest orange colour, crowned with a double crest of feathers edged with purple.
"The Romance of Natural History, Second Series" by Philip Henry Gosse
Immediately above rose a lofty wall of rock, the nearer end of the cock's-comb ridge.
"Renshaw Fanning's Quest" by Bertram Mitford
COCK of the rock, ii.
"The Descent of Man and Selection in Relation to Sex" by Charles Darwin
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In poetry:

My wine, of Niobe,
My bed the cragie rocke,
My harmony, the serpent's hisse,
The shreikinge owle, my cocke.
"A Fancy" by Edward Dyer
Oft shall I lie awake and mark
The hours by no clanging clock,
But in the dim and distant dark
The crowing of some punctual cock;
Then up as early as the lark
To meet you by our rock.
"One Day And Another: A Lyrical Eclogue – Part I" by Madison Julius Cawein
While him as fought with us, and created such a fuss,
And in the whole of Europe did a mighty deal of harm,
Should be kept upon a rock, like a precious fighting cock,
And be found in beer and baccy, which would suit me to a charm?
"After Waterloo" by Robert Fuller Murray

In news:

Andean Cock of the Rock (Peru).
Since the Rolling Stones have entered our Rock Cock Hall Of Fame and our regular rotation, it's time for two new competitors to step into our pit.
The first full-length album in six years from Jack Black and Kyle Gass' comedy-cock-rock duo is chock-full of swaggering pomposity.
Last week, Slash completely dominated the competition becoming our third member of the Rock Cock Hall of Fame.
Since Puscifer is now retired to the Rock Cock Hall of Fame, it's time for two new combatants.
Does Adelitas Way get within one win of entering the Rock Cock hall of fame or does Taproot end their run.
A move to the north of Shrewsbury Rocks produced a good bite of bigger bass at 11 a.m. Jim O'Grady had a similar report from his Cock Robin out of that port.
Burkhalter was owner of Cock of the Walk restaurant in North Little Rock.
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