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pheasant

3 definitions found

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Pheasant \Pheas"ant\ (f[e^]z"ant), noun [OE. fesant, fesaunt, OF. faisant, faisan, F. faisan, L. phasianus, Gr. fasiano's (sc. 'o'rnis) the Phasian bird, pheasant, fr. Fa'sis a river in Colchis or Pontus.]

1. (Zool.) Any one of numerous species of large gallinaceous birds of the genus {Phasianus}, and many other genera of the family {Phasianid[ae]}, found chiefly in Asia.

Note: The

{common pheasant}, or {English pheasant} ({Phasianus Colchicus}) is now found over most of temperate Europe, but was introduced from Asia. The

{ring-necked pheasant} ({Phasianus torquatus}) and the

{green pheasant} ({Phasianus versicolor}) have been introduced into Oregon. The

{golden pheasant} ({Thaumalea picta}) is one of the most beautiful species. The

{silver pheasant} ({Euplocamus nychthemerus}) of China, and several related species from Southern Asia, are very beautiful.

2. (Zool.) The ruffed grouse. [Southern U.S.]

Note: Various other birds are locally called pheasants, as the lyre bird, the leipoa, etc.

{Fireback pheasant}. See {Fireback}.

{Gold pheasant}, or {Golden pheasant} (Zool.), a Chinese pheasant ({Thaumalea picta}), having rich, varied colors. The crest is amber-colored, the rump is golden yellow, and the under parts are scarlet.

{Mountain pheasant} (Zool.), the ruffed grouse. [Local, U.S.]

{Pheasant coucal} (Zool.), a large Australian cuckoo ({Centropus phasianus}). The general color is black, with chestnut wings and brown tail. Called also {pheasant cuckoo}. The name is also applied to other allied species.

{Pheasant duck}. (Zool.) (a) The pintail. (b) The hooded merganser.

{Pheasant parrot} (Zool.), a large and beautiful Australian parrakeet ({Platycercus Adelaidensis}). The male has the back black, the feathers margined with yellowish blue and scarlet, the quills deep blue, the wing coverts and cheeks light blue, the crown, sides of the neck, breast, and middle of the belly scarlet.

{Pheasant's eye}. (Bot.) (a) A red-flowered herb ({Adonis autumnalis}) of the Crowfoot family; -- called also {pheasant's-eye Adonis}. (b) The garden pink ({Dianthus plumarius}); -- called also {Pheasant's-eye pink}.

{Pheasant shell} (Zool.), any marine univalve shell of the genus {Phasianella}, of which numerous species are found in tropical seas. The shell is smooth and usually richly colored, the colors often forming blotches like those of a pheasant.

{Pheasant wood}. (Bot.) Same as {Partridge wood} (a), under {Partridge}.

{Sea pheasant} (Zool.), the pintail.

{Water pheasant}. (Zool.) (a) The sheldrake. (b) The hooded merganser.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Ruffed \Ruffed\, adjective Furnished with a ruff.

{Ruffed grouse} (Zool.), a North American grouse ({Bonasa umbellus}) common in the wooded districts of the Northern United States. The male has a ruff of brown or black feathers on each side of the neck, and is noted for the loud drumming sound he makes during the breeding season. Called also {tippet grouse}, {partridge}, {birch partridge}, {pheasant}, {drummer}, and {white-flesher}.

{ruffed lemur} (Zool.), a species of lemur ({lemur varius}) having a conspicuous ruff on the sides of the head. Its color is varied with black and white. Called also {ruffed maucaco}.

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:

pheasant

noun

1: large long-tailed gallinaceous bird native to the Old World but introduced elsewhere

2: flesh of a pheasant; usually braised

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