pheasant

noun pheas·ant \ ˈfe-zᵊnt \
Updated on: 19 Nov 2017

Definition of pheasant

plural pheasant or pheasants
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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Origin and Etymology 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


PHEASANT Defined for English Language Learners

pheasant

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Definition of pheasant for English Language Learners

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

  • : the meat of the pheasant eaten as food


PHEASANT Defined for Kids

pheasant

noun pheas·ant \ ˈfe-zᵊnt \

Definition of pheasant for Students

: 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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