Definition of spatchcock noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

spatchcock

 noun
noun
BrE BrE//ˈspætʃkɒk//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈspætʃkɑːk//
 
 
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a chicken or other bird that is cut open and cooked under a strong heat Word Origin late 18th cent. (originally an Irish usage): perhaps related to the noun dispatch + cock.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: spatchcock