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NOUN (2)

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;


VERB (2)

1. hunt grouse;

2. complain;
- Example: "What was he hollering about?"
[syn: gripe, bitch, grouse, crab, beef, squawk, bellyache, holler]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Grouse \Grouse\, v. i. 1. To seek or shoot grouse. [1913 Webster] 2. To complain or grumble; as, employees grousing about their incompetent boss. [informal] [PJC]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Grouse \Grouse\ (grous), n. sing. & pl. [Prob. after the analogy of mouse, mice, fr. the earlier grice, OF. griesche meor hen: cf. F. piegri[`e]che shrike.] (Zool.) Any of the numerous species of gallinaceous birds of the family Tetraonid[ae], and subfamily Tetraonin[ae], inhabiting Europe, Asia, and North America. They have plump bodies, strong, well-feathered legs, and usually mottled plumage. The group includes the ptarmigans (Lagopus), having feathered feet. [1913 Webster] Note: Among the European species are the red grouse (Lagopus Scoticus) and the hazel grouse (Bonasa betulina). See Capercaidzie, Ptarmigan, and Heath grouse. Among the most important American species are the ruffed grouse, or New England partridge (Bonasa umbellus); the sharp-tailed grouse (Pedioc[ae]tes phasianellus) of the West; the dusky blue, or pine grouse (Dendragapus obscurus) of the Rocky Mountains; the Canada grouse, or spruce partridge (D. Canadensis). See also Prairie hen, and Sage cock. The Old World sand grouse (Pterocles, etc.) belong to a very different family. See Pterocletes, and Sand grouse. [1913 Webster]
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):

grouse n 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 v 1: hunt grouse 2: complain; "What was he hollering about?" [syn: gripe, bitch, grouse, crab, beef, squawk, bellyache, holler]
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:

85 Moby Thesaurus words for "grouse": 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