chu·​kar ˈchə-kər How to pronounce chukar (audio)
 also  chə-ˈkär
: a grayish-brown Eurasian partridge (Alectoris chukar) introduced as a game bird into arid mountainous regions of the western U.S.

called also chukar partridge

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Some hunters in southern Idaho may dispute this, but Nevada is home to the best wild chukar hunting in the world. Matt Hardinge, Outdoor Life, 30 Oct. 2020 Place a chukar atop or beside the squash, and pass the salsa macha at the table. Jonathan Miles, Field & Stream, 30 Sep. 2020 The clays will fly in a few different directions, but always out in front and away from you…just like pheasants, chukar, and quail normally do. Joe Genzel, Outdoor Life, 10 June 2020 To most, a partridge probably brings to mind something like the plump little chukar, a partridge native to Eurasia and introduced to North America as a game bird. National Geographic, 23 Dec. 2017

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Word History


Hindi cakor & Urdu chakor

First Known Use

1814, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of chukar was in 1814

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Cite this Entry

“Chukar.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Dec. 2022.

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