trag·​o·​pan | \ ˈtragəˌpan\

Definition of tragopan

1 capitalized : a genus of brilliantly colored Asiatic pheasants having the back and breast covered usually with white or buff ocelli and the head in the male ornamented with two bright-colored wattles and a pair of fleshy erectile horns — see crimson tragopan
2 plural -s : any bird of the genus Tragopan

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First Known Use of tragopan

1829, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for tragopan

New Latin, from Latin, a kind of vulture, from Greek tragopan, from tragos he-goat + Pan, ancient Greek god of woods and shepherds

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