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  3  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Grouse  \Grouse\,  n.  sing.  &  pl  [Prob.  after  the  analogy  of 
  mouse,  mice,  fr  the  earlier  grice,  OF  griesche  meor  hen: 
  cf  F.  piegri[`e]che  shrike.]  (Zo["o]l.) 
  Any  of  the  numerous  species  of  gallinaceous  birds  of  the 
  family  {Tetraonid[ae]},  and  subfamily  {Tetraonin[ae]}, 
  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. 
 
  Note:  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  ({Pedioc[ae]tes 
  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  ({Pterocles},  etc.)  belong  to 
  a  very  different  family.  See  {Pterocletes},  and  {Sand 
  grouse}. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Grouse  \Grouse\,  v.  i. 
  To  seek  or  shoot  grouse. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  grouse 
  n  1:  (game  bird)  flesh  of  any  of  various  grouse  of  the  family 
  Tetraonidae;  usually  roasted;  flesh  too  dry  to  broil 
  2:  popular  game  bird  having  a  plump  body  and  feathered  legs  and 
  feet 
  v  1:  hunt  grouse 
  2:  complain;  "What  was  he  hollering  about?"  [syn:  {gripe},  {beef}, 
  {squawk},  {bellyache},  {holler}] 




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