One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A rooster bred and trained for cockfighting. Also called game fowl.
- ‘ALMOST 100 birds were on show when Holcombe Old English Game Fowl Club held its annual gamecock show in Ramsbottom.’
- ‘His exaggerated body movements and words remind me of a gamecock.’
- ‘One review of surviving 1828 materials claims that ‘his matrimonial affairs, his profanity, his gamecocks and race horses, his duels and brawls, were the subject of merciless campaign propaganda’.’
- ‘Yet in the most furious bouts against the local greenfinches, with feathers ruffled and wings dropped like a gamecock, he continues singing his challenges.’
- ‘Poultry chicks and gamecocks entering Hawaii in this way skipped the regular agricultural inspections.’
- ‘In the novel's second part, when she is sold off to a North Carolina slaver, she is able to pass on her father's narrative to her son, an accomplished gamecock trainer, who does the same with his children.’
- ‘The main gamefowl breeds are of the Aseel and Malay-type.’
- ‘You can legally own a gamecock in 18 states and visit a cockfight as a spectator in nine.’
- ‘A ferocious blood-sport, probably introduced by the Romans, in which intensively trained gamecocks with metal or bone spurs slipped over their natural ones were set to fight, usually to the death, on a stage in a circular pit.’
- ‘In other words, the gamecock sparring match is conducted in rounds with rest periods between rounds.’
- ‘These are considered separate breeds and fit in a larger category of gamefowl that include: Yamato Gunkei and Chibi.’
- ‘Birds bred from proven winners command higher prices, but most gamefowl sell for between $150 and $200 apiece.’
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