Definition of Moor-bird
1. Noun. Reddish-brown grouse of upland moors of Great Britain.
Generic synonyms: Ptarmigan
Specialized synonyms: Moorhen, Moorcock
Lexicographical Neighbors of Moor-bird
moor-bird (current term)
Literary usage of Moor-bird
Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:
1. Forty Years in a Moorland Parish: Reminiscences and Researches in Danby in by John Christopher Atkinson (1891)
"Well, I said, when you have found, say a partridge or a young moor-bird that has been killed and eaten by a hawk, which part has the hawk eaten ? ..."
2. A Glossary of the Cleveland Dialect: Explanatory, Derivative, and Critical by John Christopher Atkinson (1868)
"moor-bird, sb. The common or brown grouse (Tetrao lagopus). Moor, Burning the. The process of burning off the Ling, in order to prepare the surface for ..."
3. Macmillan's Magazine by David Masson, George Grove, John Morley, Mowbray Morris (1892)
"... I have seen from three to five old cocks holding a private tournament as to which of them should win some as yet undeclared moor-bird Queen of Beauty. ..."