ring·​neck ˈriŋ-ˌnek How to pronounce ringneck (audio)
: a ring-necked animal

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web However, some people who release the birds themselves, mistakenly buy white ringneck doves and king pigeons from pet stores to release during their ceremonies. Vanessa Arredondo, San Francisco Chronicle, 7 June 2021 Having found evidence that neonic concentrations may be harmful to mammals, South Dakota researchers are currently studying the effect of neonics on ringneck pheasants, which are a particularly valuable tourist commodity in the state. Phil Bourjaily, Field & Stream, 8 Mar. 2021 At 9 Saturday morning, opening bell of the ringneck season, Lee Clancy cast two English setters ahead of him. Star Tribune, 10 Oct. 2020 More impressive, ringneck numbers in the state’s southwest corner rocketed skyward 146% compared with a year ago. Star Tribune, 12 Sep. 2020 Pheasants Forever, for instance, doesn’t devote itself exclusively to Chinese ringnecks. Andrew Mckean, Outdoor Life, 15 Jan. 2020 Yet when flung toward everything from bobwhites to ringnecks, the 28 gauge seems to bring home the bacon. Ron Spomer, Outdoor Life, 11 Dec. 2019 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1791, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of ringneck was in 1791

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“Ringneck.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ringneck. Accessed 30 Mar. 2023.

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