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capercaillie

Syllabification: cap·er·cail·lie
Pronunciation: /ˌkapərˈkāl(y)ē
 
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(Scottish also capercailzie /-ˈkālyē, -zē/)

Definition of capercaillie in English:

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.

Origin

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

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