noun trag·o·pan \ˈtragəˌpan\

Definition of tragopan

  1. 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. 2 plural -s :  any bird of the genus Tragopan

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Origin and Etymology of tragopan

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

First Known Use: 1829

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