plural noun Tet·ra·on·i·dae \ˌte‧trəˈänəˌdē\

Definition of Tetraonidae

  1. :  a variously limited family of birds (order Galliformes) that is usually restricted to those grouses which have the tarsi and nostrils feathered

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Origin and Etymology of tetraonidae

New Latin, from Tetraon-, Tetrao, type genus + -idae

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to cast off or become cast off

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