See also: Woodcock
woodcock (plural woodcock or woodcocks)
- Any of several wading birds in the genus Scolopax, of the family Scolopacidae, characterised by a long slender bill and cryptic brown and blackish plumage.
- A simpleton.
- c. 1607–1611, Francis Beaumont; John Fletcher, “Cupid’s Revenge”, in Comedies and Tragedies […], London: Printed for Humphrey Robinson, […], and for Humphrey Moseley […], published 1679, OCLC 3083972, Act 4, scene 1:
- If I loved you not, I would laugh at you, and see you / Run your neck into the noose, and cry, "A woodcock!"
- 1838, Nathan Drake, Belletristical Works (volume 1, page 215)
- "Now will that silly woodcock make such a report of what I have said to his chosen friend," observed Sir Robert to his companion when my Lord Cobham was out of hearing […]
- roding, the patrolling flight pattern of the woodcock.
wading bird in the genus Scolopax