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Woodcock

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woodcock

1. (Science: ornithology) 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. A simpleton. 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. The common American snipe. 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 Snipe.

Origin: AS. Wuducoc.