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Today's word is:

grouse¹

|grous|

noun ( pl. same )

a medium to large game bird with a plump body and feathered legs, the male being larger and more conspicuously colored than the female.

[Family Tetraonidae (or Phasianidae): several genera, esp. Lagopus and Tetrao. The family also includes ptarmigans, capercaillies, and prairie chickens.]

  • the flesh of this bird as food.

ORIGIN: early 16th cent.: perhaps related to medieval Latin gruta or to Old French grue 'crane.'


grouse ²

|grous|

verb [ no obj. ]

complain pettily; grumble: she heard him grousing about his assistant.

noun

a grumble or complaint: our biggest grouse was about the noise of the construction work.

ORIGIN: early 19th cent.: of unknown origin; compare with grouch.


grouse ³

|ɡraʊs|

adjective [Austral./NZ] informal

very good (used as a general term of approval): the car was a grouse tomato red which everyone liked.

ORIGIN: 1920s: of unknown origin.