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

  Sage \Sage\, n. [OE. sauge, F. sauge, L. salvia, from salvus
     saved, in allusion to its reputed healing virtues. See
     Safe.] (Bot.)
     (a) A suffruticose labiate plant ({Salvia officinalis) with
         grayish green foliage, much used in flavoring meats, etc.
         The name is often extended to the whole genus, of which
         many species are cultivated for ornament, as the scarlet
         sage, and Mexican red and blue sage.
     (b) The sagebrush.
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     Meadow sage (Bot.), a blue-flowered species of Salvia
        ({Salvia pratensis) growing in meadows in Europe.
  
     Sage cheese, cheese flavored with sage, and colored green
        by the juice of leaves of spinach and other plants which
        are added to the milk.
  
     Sage cock (Zool.), the male of the sage grouse; in a more
        general sense, the specific name of the sage grouse.
  
     Sage green, of a dull grayish green color, like the leaves
        of garden sage.
  
     Sage grouse (Zool.), a very large American grouse
        ({Centrocercus urophasianus), native of the dry sagebrush
        plains of Western North America. Called also cock of the
        plains. The male is called sage cock, and the female
        sage hen.
  
     Sage hare, or Sage rabbit (Zool.), a species of hare
        ({Lepus Nuttalli syn. Lepus artemisia) which inhabits
        the arid regions of Western North America and lives among
        sagebrush. By recent writers it is considered to be merely
        a variety of the common cottontail, or wood rabbit.
  
     Sage hen (Zool.), the female of the sage grouse.
  
     Sage+sparrow+(Zool.),+a+small+sparrow+({Amphispiza+Belli">Sage sparrow (Zool.), a small sparrow ({Amphispiza Belli,
        var. Nevadensis) which inhabits the dry plains of the
        Rocky Mountain region, living among sagebrush.
  
     Sage thrasher (Zool.), a singing bird ({Oroscoptes
        montanus) which inhabits the sagebrush plains of Western
        North America.
  
     Sage+willow+(Bot.),+a+species+of+willow+({Salix+tristis">Sage willow (Bot.), a species of willow ({Salix tristis)
        forming a low bush with nearly sessile grayish green
        leaves.
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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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