grouse

Definitions

  • Making friends with a ruffed grouse
    Making friends with a ruffed grouse
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v grouse complain "What was he hollering about?"
    • v grouse hunt grouse
    • n grouse popular game bird having a plump body and feathered legs and feet
    • n grouse flesh of any of various grouse of the family Tetraonidae; usually roasted; flesh too dry to broil
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n. sing. & pl Grouse grous (Zoöl) Any of the numerous species of gallinaceous birds of the family Tetraonidæ, and subfamily Tetraoninæ, inhabiting Europe, Asia, and North America. They have plump bodies, strong, well-feathered legs, and usually mottled plumage. The group includes the ptarmigans (Lagopus), having feathered feet.☞ Among the European species are the red grouse (Lagopus Scoticus) and the hazel grouse (Bonasa betulina). See Capercaidzie Ptarmigan, and Heath grouse. Among the most important American species are the ruffed grouse, or New England partridge (Bonasa umbellus); the sharp-tailed grouse (Pediocætes phasianellus) of the West; the dusky blue, or pine grouse (Dendragapus obscurus) of the Rocky Mountains; the Canada grouse, or spruce partridge (D. Canadensis). See also Prairie hen, and Sage cock. The Old World sand grouse (Pteroclesetc.) belong to a very different family. See Pterocletes, and Sand grouse.
    • Grouse To complain or grumble; as, employees grousing about their incompetent boss.
    • Grouse To seek or shoot grouse.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n grouse The Scotch ptarmigan, moorhen, or red-game, Tetrao or Lagopus scoticus, a British gallinaceous bird with feathered feet. It is a local modification or insular race of the common ptarmigan of Europe. Hence — 2. Some bird like the above; any bird of the family Tetraonidœ and subfamily Tetraoninæ. These birds all have the feet and nasal fossæ more or less completely feathered, being thus distinguished from pheasants, partridges, quails, etc. There are numerous species, of several genera, all confined to the northern hemisphere. The largest is the European wood-grouse or cock-of-the-woods, Tetrao urogallus. (See capercaillie.) The next in size is the American sage-grouse or cock-of-the-plains, Centrocercus urophasianus. The black grouse is Lyrurus tetrix of Europe. The ruffed grouse are several species of Bonasa, as the European hazel-grouse, B. betulina, and the American, B. umbella. Notable American forms are the sharp-tailed grouse, Pediœcetes phasianellus, and the pinnated grouse, Cupidonia cupido; both are known as prairie-hens. The snow-grouse are sundry species of ptarmigan inhabiting boreal and alpine regions, and mostly turning pure white in winter; such are the willow-ptarmigan, Lagopus albus, the rock-ptarmigan, L. rupestris, and the Rocky Mountain ptarmigan, L. leucurus.
    • n grouse In the widest sense, as a collective plural, the grouse family, Tetraonidæ. In this sense the word includes various partridges and related birds.
    • grouse To hunt or shoot grouse.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Grouse grows the heathcock or moorfowl, a plump bird with a short curved bill, short legs, and feathered feet, which frequents Scotch moors and hills—the Scotch ptarmigan, red-grouse: any bird of the family Tetraonidæ, and sub-family Tetraoninæ.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Prob. after the analogy of mouse, mice, fr. the earlier grice, OF. griesche, meor hen: cf. F. piegrièche, shrike
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Prob. from the older grice (on the analogy of mouse, mice)—O. Fr. griesche, gray.

Usage

In literature:

Storri learned another thing that gave him the sort of thrill that setters feel when in the near vicinity of a covey of grouse.
"The President" by Alfred Henry Lewis
He saw wild ducks and grouse, but he had not brought his sling.
"The Cave Boy of the Age of Stone" by Margaret A. McIntyre
He pouted and groused when he didn't get it.
"The Fourth R" by George Oliver Smith
When the excitement is over they'll never be able to get back to their business before the grouse.
"Phineas Redux" by Anthony Trollope
It has always been found impossible to rear grouse in the country.
"The Gourmet's Guide to Europe" by Algernon Bastard
They groused about "the great days of Lovelace," and gave people like Rudd a most godless time.
"The Loom of Youth" by Alec Waugh
The vultures and the sand-grouse held it undisturbed in a perpetual tenancy.
"The Four Feathers" by A. E. W. Mason
They came up abreast, and soon all caught sight of a number of grouse of the sharp-tailed variety, huddled in a little opening among the bushes.
"Dave Porter at Star Ranch" by Edward Stratemeyer
I shall probably cruise about, let me see, for three weeks or so, till the grouse-shooting begins.
"The Danvers Jewels, and Sir Charles Danvers" by Mary Cholmondeley
Before she had finished the braiding, Al came over to the saddle and untied his slicker roll and the grouse.
"The Quirt" by B.M. Bower
It comprises principally grouse, woodcock, snipe, duck, wild goose, and plover.
"The Sunny Side of Ireland" by John O'Mahony and R. Lloyd Praeger
Or prairie-chicken and grouse shooting in the far West and Rocky Mountains?
"Frank Merriwell's Reward" by Burt L. Standish
Tame grouse scudded almost under our feet.
"Tenting To-night" by Mary Roberts Rinehart
As it turned out afterwards, he had gone off to Scotland, and had remained a week among the grouse.
"Can You Forgive Her?" by Anthony Trollope
Another dozen grouse, and eighteen rabbits, completed our last bag in the Woodlands.
"Warwick Woodlands" by Henry William Herbert (AKA Frank Forester)
Examples of such birds are the Quail, Grouse, Sandpipers, Plovers, and Ducks.
"The Bird Study Book" by Thomas Gilbert Pearson
But Mrs. Grouse and most of the other feathered people of the Green Forest and the Green Meadows and the Old Orchard really do "love" eggs.
"The Adventures of Jimmy Skunk" by Thornton W. Burgess
One was the rock-grouse, which the falcon had itself killed, and the others were willow-grouse, as Lucien had stated.
"Popular Adventure Tales" by Mayne Reid
Swinging around, he saw a grouse skimming the heather.
"The Long Portage" by Harold Bindloss
No stag was seen, but some ten hares and five brace of grouse were shot.
"Condemned as a Nihilist" by George Alfred Henty
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In poetry:

And slid into an easy vein,
The favorite picture of the year;
The grouse upon her lord’s domain—­
The salmon weir;
"The Letter L" by Jean Ingelow
'Ah, here's a curse on hare and grouse,
A curse on hart and hind;
And a health to the squire in all England,
Leaves never a head behind.'
"A New Forest Ballad" by Charles Kingsley
Then Hen-wife's son once heard the grouse
Talk to his soft-voiced mate;
And what he heard the health-poult say
The loon would not relate.
"Reminiscence" by Padraic Colum
He took the colour of his vest
From rabbit's coat or grouse's breast;
For, as the wood-kinds lurk and hide,
So walks the woodman, unespied.
"Quatrains" by Ralph Waldo Emerson
Some beef now? I thank you, not any at present;
I'll nibble a little at what I have got,
And wish for a duck, or a grouse, or a pheasant,
Though none of them come for a wish, in the pot.
"Mrs. Merdle Accepteth Of A Slight Dinner, Suitable For A Woman Suffering With Dyspepsia" by Horatio Alger Jr
Long since that white-haired ancient slept--but still,
When the red flower-buds crowd the orchard bough,
And the ruffed grouse is drumming far within
The woods, his venerable form again
Is at my side, his voice is in my ear.
"The Old Man's Counsel" by William Cullen Bryant

In news:

Residents of Iowa may have their own reasons to grouse about all this attention.
Despite favorable conditions, Pennsylvania's grouse count low.
"In this country the blind go to the movies," Jack Smith groused in a 1963 Film Culture essay.
Grouse hunting season outlook.
0The kickoff to small game season is approaching, and the DNR offered its projection on the quality of grouse hunting.
Grouse had good weather but still challenged.
Only a turkey could grouse about this holiday tradition.
Photo by Don Johnson – A ruffed grouse rustles through the woods.
The Ruffed Grouse Society seeks volunteers to hand plant gray dogwood along a stream to improve habitat for grouse , woodcock, and songbirds.
" Grouse eat the berries of gray dogwood," said Mary Hosmer, volunteer for the Ruffed Grouse Society.
BLM's Advisory Council to discuss gas leasing, sage grouse .
(AP) — A federal land inventory has identified 386,000 acres on the Hi-Line as having wilderness characteristics and 1.6 million acres of sage grouse habitat.
Grouse group wants meetings open.
" Grouse hunting has been really terrific this year, probably the best I've seen in years," he said.
Grouse hunting in Central Oregon.
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In science:

It will therefore suffice to generate eigenangles from each grou’s eigenangle distribution and add them.
Modeling Convolutions of $L$-Functions
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