One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
nounNorthern English, Scottish
The male of the red grouse.
- ‘Gorcocks, being so big and having the ability to rip and shred, I thought at first that it must be some gorcocks chowing down.’
- ‘The word ‘gorcock’ means moorcock, a red or black male grouse, and was often used as a symbol for Bonnie Prince Charlie.’
Early 17th century: from gor- (of unknown origin) + cock.
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