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First published 1971 (DOST Vol. IV).
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Mur(e)-cok(e, -cock, Moore-coke, n. [North. ME. murkok (1329–30), e.m.E. moorecock (1567).] The moor-cock, the male of the red grouse. — 1428 Acts II. 16/2.
Anent pertrikis pluvaris blak cokis gra hennys ande mur cokis that na sic foulis be tane … fra the begyning of Lentryn quhill August
c1450-2 Howlat 213.
The martoune, the murcoke, the myresnype
1531 Bell. Boece I. xlii.
In Scotland ar mony mure cokis and hennis quhilk etis nocht bot seid or croppis of hadder
1674 Sc. Ant. I. 178.
1692 Foulis Acc. Bk. 147.
For 3 blackcock and a mure cock

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