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capercaillie (ˌkæpəˈkeɪljɪ Pronunciation for capercaillie or capercailzie (ˌkæpəˈkeɪljɪ Pronunciation for capercailzie ; -ˈkeɪlzɪ) 

Definitions

noun

  1. a large European woodland grouse, Tetrao urogallus, having a black plumage and fan-shaped tail in the male

Word Origin

C16: from Scottish Gaelic capull coille horse of the woods

Example Sentences Including 'capercaillie'

A HUNGRY capercaillie is nesting in a tree beside a takeaway in Braemar, Aberdeenshire.
Sun, News of the World (2002)
It broadcasts an archive recording of that rare Scottish bird, the capercaillie.
Glasgow Herald (2001)
The ptarmigan you will not find and the capercaillie was almost lost to us.
Smith, Drew Food Watch

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