ring-necked pheasant


: a Eurasian pheasant (Phasianus colchicus) that has been widely introduced as a game bird in North America and in which the males have a white neck ring and an iridescent green and purplish head with red wattles around the eyes

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Examples of ring-necked pheasant in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web His acrylic paintings will be featured on the 2023 Wisconsin ring-necked pheasant, wild turkey and waterfowl stamps. Paul A. Smith, Journal Sentinel, 23 Oct. 2022 Results are not yet available from the 2021 spring ring-necked pheasant crowing survey and the rural mail carrier survey. Paul A. Smith, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 11 Sep. 2021 Texas’ ring-necked pheasant populations hinge on the conservation willingness of landowners who also must put food on the table and are bound by business decisions of their own. Matt Wyatt, ExpressNews.com, 3 Dec. 2020

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Word History

First Known Use

1820, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of ring-necked pheasant was in 1820

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Kids Definition

ring-necked pheasant

: a Eurasian pheasant that has a white neck ring in the male and that has been widely introduced in North America as a game bird
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