noun \ˈfe-zənt\

: a large bird that has a long tail and is often hunted for food or sport

: the meat of the pheasant eaten as food

plural pheasant or pheasants

Full Definition of PHEASANT

:  any of numerous large often long-tailed and brightly colored Old World gallinaceous birds (Phasianus and related genera of the family Phasianidae) including many raised as ornamental or game birds — compare ring-necked pheasant
:  any of various birds resembling a pheasant

Origin of PHEASANT

Middle English fesaunt, from Anglo-French fesant, faisan, from Latin phasianus, from Greek (ornis) phasianos, from phasianos of the Phasis River, from Phasis, river in Colchis
First Known Use: 13th century

Rhymes with PHEASANT


noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Common pheasant (Phasianus colchicus)—H. Reinhard/Bruce Coleman Inc.

Any of about 50 species of mostly long-tailed birds in the family Phasianidae (order Galliformes), chiefly Asian but naturalized elsewhere. Most species inhabit open woodlands and brushy fields. All have a hoarse call. The feet and lower legs are unfeathered. Females are inconspicuous. Most males are strikingly coloured and have one or more leg spurs, and some have a fleshy facial ornament. Males sometimes fight to the death for a harem of hens. Male ring-necked or common pheasants (Phasianus colchicus), 35 in. (90 cm) long, have a streaming tail, coppery breast, purplish green neck, and ear tufts; they are widespread in the northern U.S. Japanese green pheasants (P. versicolor) call in concert when an earthquake is imminent.


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