a large grouse, Lyrurus tetrix, of Europe and western Asia, the male of which is black, the female mottled gray and brown.
Also called black game. a large N European grouse, Lyrurus tetrix, the male of which has a bluish-black plumage and lyre-shaped tail
a related and similar species, Lyrurus mlokosiewiczi, of W Asia
a low, contemptible person; scoundrel. Obsolete. a group of menial workers in the kitchen of a large household. the servants of an army. camp followers. to revile in scurrilous language. Historical Examples The Cloister and the Hearth Charles Reade Four Young Explorers Oliver Optic Twos and Threes G. B. Stern Carmen Prosper Merimee The Climbers […]
See under guillemot (def 1). a black or brown-speckled seabird of the genus Cepphus, of northern seas, having a sharply pointed black bill, red legs, and white wing patches, as C. grylle (black guillemot) of the North Atlantic and the similar C. columba (pigeon guillemot) of the North Pacific. British. a murre of the genus […]
sour gum. a tree, Nyssa sylvatica, of eastern North America, having elliptic leaves, dark-blue, berrylike fruit, and wood with a variety of commercial uses. Historical Examples Shapes that Haunt the Dusk Various Shapes that Haunt the Dusk Various Captain Ted Louis Pendleton Sunlight Patch Credo Fitch Harris noun a cornaceous tree, Nyssa sylvatica, of the […]
Italian La Mano Nera. any of various secret criminal groups organized in Italy and operating in the U.S. in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, practicing blackmail and violence. an anarchistic society in Spain, suppressed in 1883. a nationalistic society in Serbia, suppressed in 1914. Historical Examples The Barrel Mystery William J. (William James) […]