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Webster 1913 Edition


Woodcock

Wood′cockˊ

,
Noun.
[AS.
wuducoc
.]
1.
(Zool.)
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.
☞ The most important species are the European (
Scolopax rusticola
) and the American woodcock (
Philohela minor
), which agree very closely in appearance and habits.
2.
Fig.: A simpleton.
[Obs.]
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.
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
.

Definition 2021


Woodcock

Woodcock

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English

Proper noun

Woodcock

  1. A surname.

woodcock

woodcock

See also: Woodcock

English

Noun

woodcock (plural woodcock or woodcocks)

  1. Any of several wading birds in the genus Scolopax, of the family Scolopacidae, characterised by a long slender bill and cryptic brown and blackish plumage.
  2. A simpleton.
    • Beaumont and Fletcher
      If I loved you not, I would laugh at you, and see you / Run your neck into the noose, and cry, "A woodcock!"
    • 1838, Nathan Drake, Belletristical Works (volume 1, page 215)
      "Now will that silly woodcock make such a report of what I have said to his chosen friend," observed Sir Robert to his companion when my Lord Cobham was out of hearing []

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