moor fowl
Heath Heath (h[=e]th), n. [OE. heth waste land, the plant heath, AS. h[=ae][eth]; akin to D. & G. heide, Icel. hei[eth]r waste land, Dan. hede, Sw. hed, Goth. hai[thorn]i field, L. bucetum a cow pasture; cf. W. coed a wood, Skr. ksh[=e]tra field. [root]20.] 1. (Bot.) (a) A low shrub ({Erica vulgaris} or {Calluna vulgaris}), with minute evergreen leaves, and handsome clusters of pink flowers. It is used in Great Britain for brooms, thatch, beds for the poor, and for heating ovens. It is also called {heather}, and {ling}. (b) Also, any species of the genus {Erica}, of which several are European, and many more are South African, some of great beauty. See Illust. of {Heather}. [1913 Webster]

2. A place overgrown with heath; any cheerless tract of country overgrown with shrubs or coarse herbage. [1913 Webster]

Their stately growth, though bare, Stands on the blasted heath. --Milton [1913 Webster]

{Heath cock} (Zo["o]l.), the blackcock. See {Heath grouse} (below).

{Heath grass} (Bot.), a kind of perennial grass, of the genus {Triodia} ({Triodia decumbens}), growing on dry heaths.

{Heath grouse}, or {Heath game} (Zo["o]l.), a European grouse ({Tetrao tetrix}), which inhabits heaths; -- called also {black game}, {black grouse}, {heath poult}, {heath fowl}, {moor fowl}. The male is called {heath cock}, and {blackcock}; the female, {heath hen}, and {gray hen}.

{Heath hen}. (Zo["o]l.) See {Heath grouse} (above).

{Heath pea} (Bot.), a species of bitter vetch ({Lathyrus macrorhizus}), the tubers of which are eaten, and in Scotland are used to flavor whisky.

{Heath throstle} (Zo["o]l.), a European thrush which frequents heaths; the ring ouzel. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • moor fowl — heathfowl heathfowl, heath fowl heath fowl . A large Northern European black grouse ({Lyrurus tetrix} formerly {Tetrao tetrix}) with a lyre shaped tail; it is also called {heath grouse}, {black game}, {black grouse}, {heath poult}, {heath fowl},… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • moor fowl — moorfowl moorfowl, moor fowl moor fowl . (Zo[ o]l.) 1. A reddish brown grouse ({Lagopus Scoticus}) of upland moors of Great Britain; the European ptarmigan, or {red grouse}, also called the {moorgame}. Syn: red grouse, moorbird, moorgame,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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  • Moor — Moor, n. [OE. mor, AS. m[=o]r moor, morass; akin to D. moer moor, G. moor, and prob. to Goth. marei sea, E. mere. See {Mere} a lake.] 1. An extensive waste covered with patches of heath, and having a poor, light soil, but sometimes marshy, and… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Moor buzzard — Moor Moor, n. [OE. mor, AS. m[=o]r moor, morass; akin to D. moer moor, G. moor, and prob. to Goth. marei sea, E. mere. See {Mere} a lake.] 1. An extensive waste covered with patches of heath, and having a poor, light soil, but sometimes marshy,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Moor coal — Moor Moor, n. [OE. mor, AS. m[=o]r moor, morass; akin to D. moer moor, G. moor, and prob. to Goth. marei sea, E. mere. See {Mere} a lake.] 1. An extensive waste covered with patches of heath, and having a poor, light soil, but sometimes marshy,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Moor cock — Moor Moor, n. [OE. mor, AS. m[=o]r moor, morass; akin to D. moer moor, G. moor, and prob. to Goth. marei sea, E. mere. See {Mere} a lake.] 1. An extensive waste covered with patches of heath, and having a poor, light soil, but sometimes marshy,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Moor coot — Moor Moor, n. [OE. mor, AS. m[=o]r moor, morass; akin to D. moer moor, G. moor, and prob. to Goth. marei sea, E. mere. See {Mere} a lake.] 1. An extensive waste covered with patches of heath, and having a poor, light soil, but sometimes marshy,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Moor game — Moor Moor, n. [OE. mor, AS. m[=o]r moor, morass; akin to D. moer moor, G. moor, and prob. to Goth. marei sea, E. mere. See {Mere} a lake.] 1. An extensive waste covered with patches of heath, and having a poor, light soil, but sometimes marshy,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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