Cock-of-the-rock meaning

kŏkəv-thə-rŏk
Either of two South American birds (Rupicola rupicola or R. peruvianus) having a distinctive crest and bright-orange or reddish plumage in the male.
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A tropical kind of bird, of the genus Rupicola.
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Origin of cock-of-the-rock

  • From its habit of nesting on rocks

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition