I. noun (plural grouse or grouses) Etymology: origin unknown Date: 1531 any of various chiefly ground-dwelling birds (family Tetraonidae) that are usually of reddish-brown or other protective color and have feathered legs and that include many important game birds II. intransitive verb (groused; grousing) Etymology: origin unknown Date: 1887 complain, grumblegrouser noun III. noun Date: 1918 complaint

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