blackcock
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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  • blackcock — [blak′käk΄] n. pl. blackcocks or blackcock the male of the black grouse …   English World dictionary

  • Blackcock — Black cock , n. (Zo[ o]l.) The male of the European black grouse ({Tetrao tetrix}, Linn.); so called by sportsmen. The female is called gray hen. See {Heath grouse}. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • blackcock — noun Date: 15th century chiefly British black grouse; specifically the male black grouse …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • blackcock — /blak kok /, n. the male of the black grouse. [1400 50; late ME; see BLACK, COCK1] * * * …   Universalium

  • blackcock — noun the male black grouse …   Wiktionary

  • blackcock — n. (Zoology) male black grouse (wild chicken) …   English contemporary dictionary

  • blackcock — noun (plural same) the male of the black grouse …   English new terms dictionary

  • blackcock — n. Heath cock, black grouse, black game (Tetrao tetrix) …   New dictionary of synonyms

  • blackcock — black•cock [[t]ˈblækˌkɒk[/t]] n. orn the male of the black grouse • Etymology: 1400–50 …   From formal English to slang

  • blackcock — n. the male of the black grouse (cf. grey hen) …   Useful english dictionary

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