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Dictionary Definition



1 flesh of any of various grouse of the family Tetraonidae; usually roasted; flesh too dry to broil
2 popular game bird having a plump body and feathered legs and feet


1 hunt grouse
2 complain; "What was he hollering about?" [syn: gripe, crab, beef, squawk, bellyache, holler]

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Etymology 1


  1. Any of various game birds of the family ''Tetraonidae which inhabit temperate and subarctic regions of the northern hemisphere.
any of various game birds of the family Tetraonidae

Etymology 2


  1. A cause for complaint.


  1. To complain or grumble. As in 'Duck or Grouse', often written on low beams in pubs.

Etymology 3


  1. italbrac Australian slang excellent
    I had a grouse day.
    That food was grouse.

Extensive Definition

Grouse are a group of birds from the order Galliformes. Often considered a family Tetraonidae, the American Ornithologists' Union and many others include grouse as a subfamily Tetraoninae in the family Phasianidae. Grouse inhabit temperate and subarctic regions of the northern hemisphere. Most species are year-round residents, and do not migrate.
These birds feed mainly on vegetation, but also on insects, especially when feeding young. Several of the forest-living species are notable for eating large quantities of conifer needles, which most other vertebrates refuse. In all but one species (the Willow Grouse, called Willow Ptarmigan in America), males are polygamous, and many species have elaborate courtship displays. These heavily built birds have legs feathered to the toes.
They are game and are sometimes hunted for food. Though they are related at least as closely to chicken as to any other gamebird and look somewhat like chicken, especially the conifer-eating species taste remarkably unlike chicken.


Genus Falcipennis
  • Siberian Grouse, Falcipennis falcipennis
  • Spruce Grouse, Falcipennis canadensis - probably distinct genus Canachites
    • Franklin's Grouse, Falcipennis (canadensis) franklinii
Genus Dendragapus - blue grouse Genus Lagopus - ptarmigans Genus Tetrao - black grouse Genus Bonasa Genus Centrocercus - sage-grouse Genus Tympanuchus - prairie grouse

External links

grouse in Danish: Skovhøns
grouse in Spanish: Tetraonidae
grouse in Esperanto: Tetrao
grouse in Persian: سیاه‌خروس
grouse in French: Tetraonidae
grouse in Ido: Gruzo
grouse in Italian: Tetraoninae
grouse in Lithuanian: Tetervininiai
grouse in Hebrew: שכווים
grouse in Hungarian: Fajdformák
grouse in Dutch: Ruigpoothoenders
grouse in Japanese: ライチョウ科
grouse in Norwegian: Skogshøns
grouse in Norwegian Nynorsk: Skogshønsfamilien
grouse in Polish: Głuszcowate
grouse in Portuguese: Tetraz
grouse in Russian: Тетеревиные
grouse in Finnish: Metsäkanat
grouse in Swedish: Skogshöns
grouse in Turkish: Orman tavuğugiller
grouse in Chinese: 松鸡科

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

Cornish hen, air a grievance, beef, beefing, bellyache, bellyaching, bitch, bitching, broiler, caille, canard, caneton, capon, chapon, chicken, clamor, complain, complaining, complaint, crab, croak, destructive criticism, dindon, dissent, duck, duckling, faisan, faultfinding, fowl, fret, fret and fume, fryer, fuss, goose, grievance, gripe, griping, groan, groaning, grouch, grousing, growl, grumble, grumbling, grunt, guinea hen, holler, howl, kick, kicking, lodge a complaint, murmur, murmuring, mutter, oie, partridge, peeve, peevishness, pet peeve, petulance, pheasant, pigeon, pigeonneau, poulet, protest, quail, querulousness, raise a howl, register a complaint, roaster, scold, scolding, sniping, squab, squawk, squawking, stewing chicken, take on, turkey, volaille, whining, wild duck, yap, yapping, yelp
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