prairie chicken


Definition of prairie chicken

: a grouse (Tympanuchus cupido) chiefly of the tallgrass prairies of the central U.S. with the male having yellowish-orange neck sacs which are inflated during courtship displays also : a closely related smaller grouse (T. pallidicinctus) having reddish neck sacs

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Great prairie chicken populations grew for the first time in decades (though more recent studies question the role of genetic rescue in this success), along with the Swedish adder, a venomous snake that had suffered from inbreeding. Laura Poppick, Smithsonian, "Threatened Species? Science to the (Genetic) Rescue!," 27 Apr. 2017

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1832, in the meaning defined above

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: a grouse of the prairies of the central United States

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