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pheasant

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noun pheas·ant \ˈfe-zənt\

Simple Definition of pheasant

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

  • : the meat of the pheasant eaten as food

Full Definition of pheasant

plural pheasant or pheasants

  1. 1 :  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

  2. 2 :  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



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