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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Recent Examples on the Web Darwin was both repulsed and intrigued by this prankster, which resembles a cross between a hawk and a raven, with an orange face, glossy black plumage, and the ability to run with the speed and agility of a pheasant. Paul Kvinta, Outside Online, "The Mystery of the Falkland Islands' Striated Caracara," 2 Apr. 2021 Birds like wild pheasant or chukar are more robust. Tom Keer, Outdoor Life, "Why the Gauge of Your Shotgun Doesn’t Matter on Upland Birds," 19 Feb. 2021 One of the best, most reliable sources for wild game is D’Artagnan Foods, which imports inspected foods including Scottish pheasant, redlegged partridge, grouse and wood pigeon. John Mariani, Forbes, "Even When Covid Goes Away, You Still Need To Take These Health Precautions When You Eat Out," 1 Mar. 2021 The Duck Inn moniker comes from the tavern offering to roast ducks shot by hunters and farmers who back in the day used to roam the nearby Des Plaines River wetlands looking for water fowl and pheasant. Charles Selle,, "Column: New owner dives into charms of Wadsworth’s Duck Inn," 22 Feb. 2021 One man was photographed with framed certificates, and another woman loaded a pheasant into a car. Rob Crilly, Washington Examiner, "White House doesn't know what happened to Lincoln bust," 14 Jan. 2021 Then Mac released the pheasant, which tumbled down the hill. Field & Stream, "F&S Classics: The Old Man and the Boy," 31 Dec. 2020 One melancholy day, her mother, bloated by chocolate truffles, oyster purée, and cold pheasant, feeling fat and listless and undesirable, had lain on top of a machine. Merve Emre, The New Yorker, "How Leonora Carrington Feminized Surrealism," 21 Dec. 2020 The foods most likely to contribute to these inner stalagmites are high in the chemical compound purine, among them venison and foie gras, pheasant and scallops, goose and caviar. Ligaya Mishan, New York Times, "Once the Disease of Gluttonous Aristocrats, Gout Is Now Tormenting the Masses," 13 Nov. 2020

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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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12 Apr 2021

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“Pheasant.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 May. 2021.

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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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