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
Recent Examples of pheasant from the Web
It can be found in ducks, pheasants and other creatures.
Tyner was at the San Diego airport last Saturday with his father-in-law and brother-in-law on their way to South Dakota for a three-day pheasant-hunting trip.
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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
First Known Use: 13th centurySee Words from the same year
PHEASANT Defined for English Language Learners
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
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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