pheas·​ant | \ ˈfe-zᵊnt How to pronounce pheasant (audio) \
plural pheasant or pheasants

Definition of pheasant

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 : any of various birds resembling a pheasant

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Need a pheasant feather for your cap, peacock plumes for your Indian wedding or 5 pounds of turkey feathers for your disco cannon? Anne Kadet, WSJ, "‘Odd Couple’ Mark 100 Years of Putting Feathers in Others’ Caps," 10 July 2018 With Malton martinis awaiting guests in the hotel’s fumoir, London’s fashionable foodies devoured crab toasties, pheasant pastry cases and local goats cheese bites. Vogue, "It-Brits Celebrate the Food of Malton With a Festive Dinner at Claridge’s," 15 Nov. 2018 With the aim of celebrating the very best of Malton’s produce, the delivery van was packed with autumnal delights ranging from succulent rib of beef, local pheasants, fresh lobster, juicy fruit and veg, Rarebird Gin, and the towns famous macarons. Vogue, "It-Brits Celebrate the Food of Malton With a Festive Dinner at Claridge’s," 15 Nov. 2018 With assistance from Dallam County Sheriff’s Office and a DPS trooper, the vehicle was stopped and the driver and his 13-year-old son admitted to hunting and shooting at a pheasant from the road. Community Report Community Report, Houston Chronicle, "Game warden field notes," 1 May 2018 The traditional archery equipment lacks the high-tech features of compound bows, but is better suited for the quick, snap shots presented by flushing pheasants. Paul A. Smith, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Smith: Traditional archers enjoy challenge of pheasant hunting in annual shoot," 3 Mar. 2018 On the hunting opportunity list are dove, quail, pheasant, mallard duck, whitetail deer, Axis deer and Rio Grande turkey hunting. Ralph Winingham, San Antonio Express-News, "Joshua Creek Ranch Recognized by Outdoor Industry Leader," 19 Apr. 2018 Construction crews had just finished one of two new pens for agriculture students’ hens, geese and pheasants Wednesday evening, fortified with strong fencing. Shelby Webb, Houston Chronicle, "Dog attack leaves more than 100 birds dead at Furr HS agriculture pen," 31 May 2018 Double fly nymph rigs have been very effective (my current favorite is a bead head pheasant tail (#14) with a ruby midge (#18) suspended below it. Tyler Mahoney Special To The Star, kansascity, "Fishing report: Catfish action picking up in Kansas, Missouri lakes," 11 July 2018

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First Known Use of pheasant

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for 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

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The first known use of pheasant was in the 13th century

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English Language Learners 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


pheas·​ant | \ ˈfe-zᵊnt How to pronounce pheasant (audio) \

Kids Definition of pheasant

: a large brightly colored bird with a long tail that is related to the chicken and is sometimes hunted for food or sport

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