Definition of capercaillie in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌkapərˈkāl(y)ē/
(Scottish also capercailzie /-ˈkālyē/ /-zē/)

noun (plural capercaillies)

A large, turkeylike Eurasian grouse of mature pine forests. The male has a courtship display in which it fans the tail and makes an extraordinary succession of sounds.
Example sentences
  • The report highlights the plight of 20 species, including the song thrush, the corncrake, the crossbill, the capercaillie, the dotterel and black grouse.
  • I spot a variety of birds, from a large grouse called the capercaillie to tiny Siberian tits.
  • They include pine marten, wildcat, stoat and weasel as well as golden eagles, merlin, peregrine falcon, golden plover and in time black grouse and capercaillie.


Mid 16th century: from Scottish Gaelic capull coille, literally 'horse of the wood'.

Words that rhyme with capercaillie

bailey, bailie, Cayley, ceilidh, daily, Daley, Daly, Disraeli, Eilidh, feyly, gaily, Haley, Hayley, Israeli, Rayleigh, scaly, shaly, ukulele

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Syllabification: cap·er·cail·lie

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