- an Old World game bird, Scolopax rusticola, resembling the snipe but larger and having shorter legs and neck: family Scolopacidae (sandpipers, etc), order Charadriiformes
- a related North American bird, Philohela minor
- (obsolete) a simpleton
Example Sentences Including 'woodcock'
A DEVASTATED uncle told yesterday how he shot his nephew dead as they hunted woodcock.
Sun, News of the World (2002)
Cut the beans into small pieces and mix the vegetables in with the pulses and the woodcock.
Country Life (2004)
It is the same with young pheasant, woodcock , pigeon, goose and duck.
Times, Sunday Times (2002)
Pheasant, partridge, woodcock , rabbit - you name it and you'll find it `ere.
The Ancient and Solitary Reign
The scrub is an excellent nesting site for yellow bunting, linnet, garden, grasshopper and willow warblers, tree pipit, woodcock.
A Guide to Britain's Conservation Heritage
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