ringneck

noun
ring·​neck | \ ˈriŋ-ˌnek How to pronounce ringneck (audio) \

Definition of ringneck

: a ring-necked animal

Examples of ringneck in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web More impressive, ringneck numbers in the state’s southwest corner rocketed skyward 146% compared with a year ago. Star Tribune, "2020 is a year for the birds in Minnesota, as pheasants shine," 12 Sep. 2020 Pheasants Forever, for instance, doesn’t devote itself exclusively to Chinese ringnecks. Andrew Mckean, Outdoor Life, "How National Critter Groups Replaced Local Conservation Clubs," 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, "Shotgun Showdown: 12 Gauge vs. 20 Gauge vs. 28 Gauge," 11 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of ringneck

1791, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of ringneck was in 1791

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19 Sep 2020

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“Ringneck.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ringneck. Accessed 20 Oct. 2020.

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