ruffed grouse

noun
valued as a game bird in eastern United States and Canada
Syn: ↑partridge, ↑Bonasa umbellus
Hypernyms: ↑grouse
Member Holonyms: ↑Bonasa, ↑genus Bonasa

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noun
: a No. American grouse (Bonasa umbellus) valued as a game bird in wooded parts of the United States and Canada whose male is about 17 inches long, is varied with rufous, black, and gray and has a dark band on the tail and tufts of large glossy black feathers on the sides of the neck, and is noted for drumming with its wings in the breeding season — compare partridge, pheasant

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a North American grouse, Bonasa umbellus, having a tuft of black feathers on each side of the neck. See illus. under grouse.
[1745-55, Amer.]

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ruffed grouse noun
A N American game bird (Bonasa umbellus) with neck feathers that can be extended into a ruff
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Main Entry:ruff

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ruffed grouse,
a game bird of North America with a tuft of gleaming black feathers on each side of the neck and a fan-shaped tail. It is called a partridge in New England and a pheasant in the southern United States.

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n. a North American woodland grouse that has a black ruff on the sides of the neck. Bonasa umbellus, family Tetraonidae (or Phasianidae)

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  • Ruffed grouse — Ruffed Ruffed, a. Furnished with a ruff. [1913 Webster] {Ruffed grouse} (Zo[ o]l.), a North American grouse ({Bonasa umbellus}) common in the wooded districts of the Northern United States. The male has a ruff of brown or black feathers on each… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • ruffed grouse — ruffed′ grouse′ n. orn a North American grouse of dense forests, Bonasa umbellus, having a tuft of black feathers on each side of the neck • Etymology: 1745–55, amer …   From formal English to slang

  • ruffed grouse — ☆ ruffed grouse n. a North American game bird (Bonasa umbellus) with neck feathers that can be extended into a ruff: also called partridge in the N U.S. and pheasant in the S U.S …   English World dictionary

  • Ruffed Grouse — Taxobox name = Ruffed Grouse image width = 240px image caption = Grey morph status = LC status system = iucn3.1 regnum = Animalia phylum = Chordata classis = Aves subclassis = Neornithes infraclassis = Galloanserae ordo = Galliformes familia =… …   Wikipedia

  • ruffed grouse — a North American grouse, Bonasa umbellus, having a tuft of black feathers on each side of the neck. See illus. under grouse. [1745 55, Amer.] * * * North American species (Bonasa umbellus) of grouse, sometimes incorrectly called a partridge.… …   Universalium

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  • ruffed grouse — noun Date: circa 1782 a grouse (Bonasa umbellus) of United States and Canadian forests of which the male erects a ruff of black feathers and fans out a broad black banded tail during breeding displays …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • ruffed grouse — noun An American game bird, Bonasa umbellus; the male makes drumming sounds with its wings …   Wiktionary

  • Ruffed — Ruffed, a. Furnished with a ruff. [1913 Webster] {Ruffed grouse} (Zo[ o]l.), a North American grouse ({Bonasa umbellus}) common in the wooded districts of the Northern United States. The male has a ruff of brown or black feathers on each side of… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • ruffed lemur — Ruffed Ruffed, a. Furnished with a ruff. [1913 Webster] {Ruffed grouse} (Zo[ o]l.), a North American grouse ({Bonasa umbellus}) common in the wooded districts of the Northern United States. The male has a ruff of brown or black feathers on each… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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