ptar·​mi·​gan | \ ˈtär-mi-gən How to pronounce ptarmigan (audio) \
plural ptarmigan or ptarmigans

Definition of ptarmigan

: any of various grouses (genus Lagopus) of northern regions with completely feathered feet

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Illustration of ptarmigan

ptarmigan: A summer plumage; B winter plumage

Examples of ptarmigan in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web However, the contaminants might impact the habitats of terrestrial birds like lapland longspurs, rosy finches and ptarmigan. Morgan Krakow, Anchorage Daily News, 28 Nov. 2021 The ptarmigan and rabbits whose furs turn white in October rest exposed against bare, snowless tundra. Richard Adams Carey, WSJ, 1 Oct. 2021 The herders watch the birds, the snow buntings and ptarmigans, the ravens and bluethroats. Juliana Hanle, Scientific American, 18 Nov. 2019 On the menu are willow, rock and white-tailed ptarmigan, spruce, ruffed and sharptail grouse and, if one resides in Southeast Alaska, the Sooty grouse (also known as Blue grouse or hooters). Steve Meyer, Anchorage Daily News, 14 Aug. 2019 Seek out the smaller species of the tundra, from red foxes to ptarmigans, and document your discoveries in a photo- essay. National Geographic, 12 June 2019 Choose to head out on a riverside hike through lush landscapes inhabited by red deer, ptarmigan, and snowy owl, or spend time exploring Braemar’s charming shops and galleries. National Geographic, 12 June 2019 Hugo had pointed his first ptarmigan earlier in the fall. Author: Christine Cunningham, Anchorage Daily News, 10 Apr. 2018 The defining moment in hunting and wildlife photography for me came on a mid-September day while hunting whitetail ptarmigan in the high country where the Dall sheep make their living. Anchorage Daily News, 27 June 2018

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First Known Use of ptarmigan

1599, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for ptarmigan

modification of Scottish Gaelic tarmachan

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“Ptarmigan.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Jan. 2022.

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