Little woodcock
Woodcock Wood"cock`, n. [AS. wuducoc.] [1913 Webster] 1. (Zo["o]l.) Any one of several species of long-billed limicoline birds belonging to the genera {Scolopax} and {Philohela}. They are mostly nocturnal in their habits, and are highly esteemed as game birds. [1913 Webster]

Note: The most important species are the European ({Scolopax rusticola}) and the American woodcock ({Philohela minor}), which agree very closely in appearance and habits. [1913 Webster]

2. Fig.: A simpleton. [Obs.] [1913 Webster]

If I loved you not, I would laugh at you, and see you Run your neck into the noose, and cry, ``A woodcock!'' --Beau. & Fl. [1913 Webster]

{Little woodcock}. (a) The common American snipe. (b) The European snipe.

{Sea woodcock fish}, the bellows fish.

{Woodcock owl}, the short-eared owl ({Asio brachyotus}).

{Woodcock shell}, the shell of certain mollusks of the genus {Murex}, having a very long canal, with or without spines.

{Woodcock snipe}. See under {Snipe}. [1913 Webster]


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  • Woodcock — Wood cock , n. [AS. wuducoc.] [1913 Webster] 1. (Zo[ o]l.) Any one of several species of long billed limicoline birds belonging to the genera {Scolopax} and {Philohela}. They are mostly nocturnal in their habits, and are highly esteemed as game… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Woodcock owl — Woodcock Wood cock , n. [AS. wuducoc.] [1913 Webster] 1. (Zo[ o]l.) Any one of several species of long billed limicoline birds belonging to the genera {Scolopax} and {Philohela}. They are mostly nocturnal in their habits, and are highly esteemed… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Woodcock shell — Woodcock Wood cock , n. [AS. wuducoc.] [1913 Webster] 1. (Zo[ o]l.) Any one of several species of long billed limicoline birds belonging to the genera {Scolopax} and {Philohela}. They are mostly nocturnal in their habits, and are highly esteemed… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Woodcock snipe — Woodcock Wood cock , n. [AS. wuducoc.] [1913 Webster] 1. (Zo[ o]l.) Any one of several species of long billed limicoline birds belonging to the genera {Scolopax} and {Philohela}. They are mostly nocturnal in their habits, and are highly esteemed… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • little swamp eagle — Whistling Whis tling, a. & n. from {Whistle}, v. [1913 Webster] {Whistling buoy}. (Naut.) See under {Buoy}. {Whistling coot} (Zo[ o]l.), the American black scoter. {Whistling Dick}. (Zo[ o]l.) (a) An Australian shrike thrush ({Colluricincla… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Sea woodcock fish — Woodcock Wood cock , n. [AS. wuducoc.] [1913 Webster] 1. (Zo[ o]l.) Any one of several species of long billed limicoline birds belonging to the genera {Scolopax} and {Philohela}. They are mostly nocturnal in their habits, and are highly esteemed… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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  • Nicholas Woodcock — (c. 1585 after June 1658?) was a 17th century English mariner who sailed to Spitsbergen, Virginia, and Asia. He piloted the first Spanish whaling ship to Spitsbergen in 1612 and participated in the Anglo Persian sieges of Kishm and Ormus in 1622 …   Wikipedia

  • John Woodcock Graves — (9 February 1795 – 17 August 1886) was author of D ye ken John Peel .Graves was the son of Joseph Graves, a plumber, glazier and ironmonger of Wigton, England. His father died when he was nine years old and he had comparatively little education.… …   Wikipedia

  • Bukidnon Woodcock — Taxobox name = Bukidnon Woodcock status = LC status system = iucn3.1 regnum = Animalia phylum = Chordata classis = Aves ordo = Charadriiformes familia = Scolopacidae genus = Scolopax species = S. bukidnonensis binomial = Scolopax bukidnonensis… …   Wikipedia

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