The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Woodcock \Wood"cock`\, n. [AS. wuducoc.]
1. (Zool.) 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.
Note: The most important species are the European (Scolopax
rusticola) and the American woodcock (Philohela
minor), which agree very closely in appearance and
2. Fig.: A simpleton. [Obs.]
If I loved you not, I would laugh at you, and see
Run your neck into the noose, and cry, "A woodcock!"
--Beau. & Fl.
(a) The common American snipe.
(b) The European snipe.
Sea woodcock fish, the bellows fish.
Woodcock owl, the short-eared owl (Asio brachyotus).
Woodcock shell, the shell of certain mollusks of the genus
Murex, having a very long canal, with or without spines.
Woodcock snipe. See under Snipe.