black grouse
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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  • Black grouse — Black Black (bl[a^]k), a. [OE. blak, AS. bl[ae]c; akin to Icel. blakkr dark, swarthy, Sw. bl[ a]ck ink, Dan. bl[ae]k, OHG. blach, LG. & D. blaken to burn with a black smoke. Not akin to AS. bl[=a]c, E. bleak pallid. [root]98.] 1. Destitute of… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • black grouse — black′ grouse′ n. orn a large grouse, Lyrurus tetrix, of Europe and W Asia, the male of which is black, the female mottled gray and brown …   From formal English to slang

  • black grouse — n. a large grouse (Lyrurus tetrix) of Europe and Asia: the male is almost entirely black …   English World dictionary

  • Black Grouse — Taxobox name = Black Grouse status = LC | status system = IUCN3.1 image width = 200px image caption = Female regnum = Animalia phylum = Chordata classis = Aves ordo = Galliformes familia = Tetraonidae genus = Tetrao species = T. tetrix binomial …   Wikipedia

  • black grouse — noun grouse of which the male is bluish black • Hypernyms: ↑grouse • Hyponyms: ↑European black grouse, ↑heathfowl, ↑Lyrurus tetrix, ↑Asian black grouse, ↑Lyrurus mlokosiewiczi, ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • black grouse — 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

  • Black Grouse — tetervinas statusas T sritis zoologija | vardynas atitikmenys: lot. Tetrao tetrix angl. Black Grouse vok. Birkhuhn …   Paukščių anatomijos terminai

  • black grouse — noun Date: 1678 a large grouse (Tetrao tetrix syn. Lyrurus tetrix) of western Asia and Europe of which the male is black with white wing patches and the female is barred and mottled …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • black grouse — a large grouse, Lyrurus tetrix, of Europe and western Asia, the male of which is black, the female mottled gray and brown. [1820 30] * * * …   Universalium

  • black grouse — n. large grouse the male of which is black and white marks on its wings …   English contemporary dictionary

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