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ptarmigan

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noun ptar·mi·gan \ˈtär-mi-gən\

Definition of ptarmigan

plural

ptarmigan

or

ptarmigans

  1. :  any of various grouses (genus Lagopus) of northern regions with completely feathered feet



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Origin and Etymology of ptarmigan

modification of Scottish Gaelic tarmachan


First Known Use: 1599


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