Definition of cock-of-the-rock in English:

cock-of-the-rock

noun

  • A crested cotinga found in the tropical forests of South America. The male has brilliant orange or red plumage used in communal display.

    • ‘The rocky forest and rock outcrops near the falls provide the perfect habitat for the Guianan cock-of-the-rock, a medium-sized, flaming orange bird.’
    • ‘I have spent many hours here photographing the cock-of-the-rock, the brown capuchin monkey and many insects, including long-legged flies.’
    • ‘Several species of birds such as cock-of-the-rocks and birds of paradise clear courts used as arenas during elaborate courtship displays to females.’
    • ‘The Andean cock-of-the-rock is a brilliantly colored, pigeon-size bird known for its elaborate courtship displays.’
    • ‘Birds easily encountered on the plateau near the falls include the Guianan cock-of-the-rock, as well as honeycreepers, and tanagers.’

Pronunciation:

cock-of-the-rock

/ˌkäkəvT͟Hēˈräk/