from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Either of two related game birds, Scolopax rusticola of the Old World or Philohela minor of North America, having brownish plumage, short legs, and a long bill.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Any of several wading birds in the genus Scolopax, of the family Scolopacidae, characterised by a long slender bill and cryptic brown and blackish plumage.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. Any one of several species of long-billed limicoline birds belonging to the genera Scolopax and Philohela. They are mostly nocturnal in their habits, and are highly esteemed as game birds.
- n. Fig.: A simpleton.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. One of two distinct birds of the family Scolopacidæ, closely related to the true snipe (Gallinago).
- n. The large black pileated woodpecker, or logcock, Hylotomus (or Ceophlæus) pileatus. See cut under pileated.
- n. In conchology, a woodcock-shell: more fully called thorny woodcock. Also called Venus'scomb.
- n. A simpleton: in allusion to the facility with which the European woodcock al lows itself to be taken in springes or in nets set for it in the glades.
- n. The American woodcock, Philohela. minor: a book-name.
- n. A woodcock-shell, as Murex haustellum.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. game bird of the sandpiper family that resembles a snipe
From wood + cock (Wiktionary)