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 for cock of the woods
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Capercailzie \Ca"per*cail`zie\, or Capercally \Ca"per*cal`ly\,
     n. [Gael, capulcoile.] (Zool.)
     A species of black Old World grouse ({Tetrao uragallus) of
     large size and fine flavor, found in northern Europe and
     formerly in Scotland; -- called also cock of the woods and
     horse of the wood. [Written also capercaillie,
     capercaili.]
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Cock \Cock\ (k[o^]k), n. [AS. coc; of unknown origin, perh. in
     imitation of the cry of the cock. Cf. Chicken.]
     1. The male of birds, particularly of gallinaceous or
        domestic fowls.
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     2. A vane in the shape of a cock; a weathercock.
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              Drenched our steeples, drowned the cocks! --Shak.
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     3. A chief man; a leader or master. [Humorous]
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              Sir Andrew is the cock of the club, since he left
              us.                                   --Addison.
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     4. The crow of a cock, esp. the first crow in the morning;
        cockcrow. [Obs.]
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              He begins at curfew, and walks till the first cock.
                                                    --Shak.
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     5. A faucet or valve.
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     Note: Jonsons says, "The handle probably had a cock on the
           top; things that were contrived to turn seem anciently
           to have had that form, whatever was the reason."
           Skinner says, because it used to be constructed in
           forma crit[ae] galli, i.e., in the form of a cock's
           comb.
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     6. The style of gnomon of a dial. --Chambers.
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     7. The indicator of a balance. --Johnson.
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     8. The bridge piece which affords a bearing for the pivot of
        a balance in a clock or watch. --Knight.
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     9. a penis. [vulgar]
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     Ball cock. See under Ball.
  
     Chaparral cock. See under Chaparral.
  
     Cock and bull story, an extravagant, boastful story; a
        canard.
  
     Cock of the plains (Zool.) See Sage cock.
  
     Cock of the rock (Zool.), a South American bird ({Rupicola
        aurantia) having a beautiful crest.
  
     Cock of the walk, a chief or master; the hero of the hour;
        one who has overcrowed, or got the better of, rivals or
        competitors.
  
     Cock of the woods. See Capercailzie.
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